CD album cover 'Winterreise' (GEN 23847) with Tobias Berndt, Heidi Steger, Uwe Steger, GewandhausChor, Gregor  Meyer

GEN 23847 EAN: 4260036258479

6.10.2023 18.90 €

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From the first notes, the snowy steps of "Fremd bin ich eingezogen" (As a stranger I arrived), the new recording of Schubert's "Winterreise" by the GewandhausChor makes one sit up and take notice: Choirmaster Gregor Meyer has arranged one of the most paramount lieder cycles for his "instrument", the choir, and makes virtuosic use of the possibilities offered by the ensemble's polyphony and sonority. Meyer has split the original piano part between two accordions, played here by Heidi and Uwe Steger. Their instruments are astonishingly close to the human voice, breathing, shouting, whispering, and singing. Tobias Berndt, an accomplished lied singer, takes on the baritone solo part in this recording with the choir of one of the most renowned concert halls.

MusicWeb International
"Tobias Berndt is in truth a highly admirable singer; he has a beautiful and flexible baritone, singing very sensitively with unexaggerated feeling and great care for nuances." Review by Göran Forsling, January 03, 2024

Musik in Dresden
"Gregor Meyer has succeeded in this fascinating arrangement by dividing the piano part for the accordions and creating a very special sound magic through the polyphony of the choir. Tobias Berndt convinces with sonorous expression; those who follow this journey will be deeply moved." Review by Michael Ernst, December 19, 2023

Rheinische Post
"[...] Meyer creates a fascinating version." Review by Wolfram Goertz, November 25, 2023

opern.news
"What sounds a little strange at first becomes increasingly exciting. There are interesting echoes, or the choir even takes the lead. [...] Baritone Tobias Berndt, the Gewandhaus Choir and Heidi and Uwe Steger (accordion) complement each other perfectly." Review by Klaus Kalchschmid, November 17, 2023

Klassik begeistert
"Gregor Meyer is the creator of this unusual instrumentation, and his sensitive approach actually allows a modified approach to the work without touching it in the slightest. A production worth hearing and recommending!" Review by Peter Sommeregger, November 13, 2023

Ö1 Des Cis
"Choirmaster and arranger Gregor Meyer has created a multifaceted relationship between the three protagonists - soloist, choir and accordion. The accordions breathe, whisper, scream and sing. The choir appears as a sound shadow and echo, sometimes even taking on the leading role and creating a charged harmony. [...] An arrangement that gives Schubert's Winterreise a colorful fanfare." Broadcast from November 3, 2023 by Marie-Theres Himmler

OperaLounge
"Musically, this is done effectively." Review by Rüdiger Winter, 18.10.2023

Tobias Berndt Baritone
Heidi Steger Accordeon
Uwe Steger Accordeon
GewandhausChor
Gregor Meyer Director

link to PDF booklet


From the first notes, the snowy steps of "Fremd bin ich eingezogen" (As a stranger I arrived), the new recording of Schubert's "Winterreise" by the GewandhausChor makes one sit up and take notice: Choirmaster Gregor Meyer has arranged one of the most paramount lieder cycles for his "instrument", the choir, and makes virtuosic use of the possibilities offered by the ensemble's polyphony and sonority. Meyer has split the original piano part between two accordions, played here by Heidi and Uwe Steger. Their instruments are astonishingly close to the human voice, breathing, shouting, whispering, and singing. Tobias Berndt, an accomplished lied singer, takes on the baritone solo part in this recording with the choir of one of the most renowned concert halls.

MusicWeb International
"Tobias Berndt is in truth a highly admirable singer; he has a beautiful and flexible baritone, singing very sensitively with unexaggerated feeling and great care for nuances." Review by Göran Forsling, January 03, 2024

Musik in Dresden
"Gregor Meyer has succeeded in this fascinating arrangement by dividing the piano part for the accordions and creating a very special sound magic through the polyphony of the choir. Tobias Berndt convinces with sonorous expression; those who follow this journey will be deeply moved." Review by Michael Ernst, December 19, 2023

Rheinische Post
"[...] Meyer creates a fascinating version." Review by Wolfram Goertz, November 25, 2023

opern.news
"What sounds a little strange at first becomes increasingly exciting. There are interesting echoes, or the choir even takes the lead. [...] Baritone Tobias Berndt, the Gewandhaus Choir and Heidi and Uwe Steger (accordion) complement each other perfectly." Review by Klaus Kalchschmid, November 17, 2023

Klassik begeistert
"Gregor Meyer is the creator of this unusual instrumentation, and his sensitive approach actually allows a modified approach to the work without touching it in the slightest. A production worth hearing and recommending!" Review by Peter Sommeregger, November 13, 2023

Ö1 Des Cis
"Choirmaster and arranger Gregor Meyer has created a multifaceted relationship between the three protagonists - soloist, choir and accordion. The accordions breathe, whisper, scream and sing. The choir appears as a sound shadow and echo, sometimes even taking on the leading role and creating a charged harmony. [...] An arrangement that gives Schubert's Winterreise a colorful fanfare." Broadcast from November 3, 2023 by Marie-Theres Himmler

OperaLounge
"Musically, this is done effectively." Review by Rüdiger Winter, 18.10.2023

link to PDF booklet


From the first notes, the snowy steps of "Fremd bin ich eingezogen" (As a stranger I arrived), the new recording of Schubert's "Winterreise" by the GewandhausChor makes one sit up and take notice: Choirmaster Gregor Meyer has arranged one of the most paramount lieder cycles for his "instrument", the choir, and makes virtuosic use of the possibilities offered by the ensemble's polyphony and sonority. Meyer has split the original piano part between two accordions, played here by Heidi and Uwe Steger. Their instruments are astonishingly close to the human voice, breathing, shouting, whispering, and singing. Tobias Berndt, an accomplished lied singer, takes on the baritone solo part in this recording with the choir of one of the most renowned concert halls.

MusicWeb International
"Tobias Berndt is in truth a highly admirable singer; he has a beautiful and flexible baritone, singing very sensitively with unexaggerated feeling and great care for nuances." Review by Göran Forsling, January 03, 2024

Musik in Dresden
"Gregor Meyer has succeeded in this fascinating arrangement by dividing the piano part for the accordions and creating a very special sound magic through the polyphony of the choir. Tobias Berndt convinces with sonorous expression; those who follow this journey will be deeply moved." Review by Michael Ernst, December 19, 2023

Rheinische Post
"[...] Meyer creates a fascinating version." Review by Wolfram Goertz, November 25, 2023

opern.news
"What sounds a little strange at first becomes increasingly exciting. There are interesting echoes, or the choir even takes the lead. [...] Baritone Tobias Berndt, the Gewandhaus Choir and Heidi and Uwe Steger (accordion) complement each other perfectly." Review by Klaus Kalchschmid, November 17, 2023

Klassik begeistert
"Gregor Meyer is the creator of this unusual instrumentation, and his sensitive approach actually allows a modified approach to the work without touching it in the slightest. A production worth hearing and recommending!" Review by Peter Sommeregger, November 13, 2023

Ö1 Des Cis
"Choirmaster and arranger Gregor Meyer has created a multifaceted relationship between the three protagonists - soloist, choir and accordion. The accordions breathe, whisper, scream and sing. The choir appears as a sound shadow and echo, sometimes even taking on the leading role and creating a charged harmony. [...] An arrangement that gives Schubert's Winterreise a colorful fanfare." Broadcast from November 3, 2023 by Marie-Theres Himmler

OperaLounge
"Musically, this is done effectively." Review by Rüdiger Winter, 18.10.2023