Horn Concerto No.2 in Eb major (3) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Download 'Horn Concerto No.2 in Eb major (3)' on iTunes
Werner Güra and Christoph Berner wander into the snowy waste and feel the chill of Schubert’s Die Winterreise
Repertoire: Die Winterreise
Artists: Werner Güra (ten), Christoph Berner (pf)
Label: Harmonia Mundi HMC 902066
German tenor Güra initially overdoes the growing bitter characterisation, whispering heavily in the opener. A lighter tone would have sufficed: there’s a long way to go. Better to let the inexorable trudge simply take its toll as it does in part two where the pressure-cooker intensity of his self-pity builds in relentless waves. I detect no separate takes. Explosion comes in the ironic Mut! as Güra scoffs at despair over Berner’s cynical keyboard fanfares. The ear is stunned and the organ-grinder finale is truly bleak.