Schubert: Winterreise

About the album

Joyce DiDonato and conductor-pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin join forces to take on one of the most brilliant song cycles ever written: Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey). DiDonato, however, casts a different light on this beloved cycle of 24 songs in telling their story from the perspective of the woman, the lost love. Nancy Plum, Town Topics writes: “The question of what happened to the woman who sent the narrator on a tortuous journey was not answered in the Wilhelm Müller poetry from which Schubert drew the text, but DiDonato created a scenario onstage of being that woman, reading from the narrator’s journal and responding to the inherent despair.”

“What stood out was the heavy emotion that came through in her singing, as she lingered on a syllable here, pressed her tone there. She created vivid feelings with her contrasts” wrote New York Classical Review about Joyce Didonato’s interpretation.

DiDonato brings a huge arsenal of vocal and emotional resources to bear that persuades about the novelty of her framing device while compelling one to listen and hear anew. It’s an interpretation that repays repeated listening, early highlights along the way –Frühlingstraum combining crystalline delicacy and cut-glass sharpness to poignant effect, Der Lindenbaum an exquisitely innocent lullaby in all but name – deepening in impact and meaning with each encounter.

Limelight Magazine

When great artists undertake Winterreise it is a transporting experience, and we’re lucky that DiDonato has added her interpretation to the performance tradition.

New York Classical Review

Album info

Release date: April 9, 2021
Number of Discs: 1
Format: CD, mp3
Label: Warner Classics