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A Winter's Tale: Schubert & Schumann

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A Winter's Tale: Schubert & Schumann
A Winter's Tale: Schubert & Schumann


Roger Benedict principal viola of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and pianist Simon Tedeschi present a new studio album reimagining masterpieces by Schubert and Schumann. It was common practice in the 19th century for composer to publish their music in versions for multiple instruments, increasing their audience and appeal. Taking inspiration from this, Benedict and Tedeschi present a range of works ideally suited to the rich tone of the viola the melancholy dreamer, as Berlioz described it. The album opens with Schuberts Arpeggione Sonata, written for a now-obsolete six-string instrument. The sunny virtuosity of the music (increased by playing it on an instrument of four rather than six strings) is tempered by Schuberts trademark aching melancholy. At the heart of the album sits a suite of movements from Schuberts Winterreise. In Benedicts own words, this concert suite tells a condensed version of the song cycles story, expressing all the desperation, false hope and final resignation as its protagonist journeys away from his doomed love affair. Two works by Robert Schumann, originally for violin and piano, close out the album: an ardent and wistful Intermezzo, and the characterful late Sonata Op.105. In his 20s, Roger Benedict was appointed the principal viola of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, before leaving to devote more time to solo performance and teaching. He relocated to Australia in 2003, and is the principal viola of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Simon Tedeschi has been hailed as true greatness (Sydney Morning Herald). He tours and performs globally at prestigious recital venues and with leading orchestras; for ABC Classics he has made acclaimed recordings of music by Gershwin, Mussorgsky, Richard Strauss and more. The artwork for the album cover and booklet is by Loribelle Spirovski, a Sydney-based Archibald finalist.


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  2. SCHUBERT: Sonata In A Minor, D821 Arpeggione For Viola And Piano Eight Songs From Winterreise
  3. Gute Nacht (Good Night)
  4. Erstarrung (Numbness)
  5. Auf Dem Flusse (On The Stream)
  6. Irrlicht (Will-o019-the-Wisp)
  7. Frühlingstraum (A Dream Of Springtime)
  8. Stürmischer Morgen (Stormy Morning)
  9. Täuschung (Deception)
  10. Der Wegweiser (The Signpost)
  11. SCHUMANN: Intermezzo [from The F.A.E. Sonata] For Violin And Piano, WoO22
  12. Sonata For Piano And Violin In A Minor, Op. 105
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