Padmore/Vignoles - Winterreise
FRANK CLIFF John Innes Centre, Norwich
> John Innes Centre, Norwich
The final - and greatest - of Schubert's song cycles, Winterreise, performed by tenor Mark Padmore and pianist Roger Vignoles, opened the Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music's new season on Saturday.
Written at the end of Schubert's short life, the 24 songs tell of the winter journey of a young man, crossed in love, wandering through the bleak winter landscape towards his own destruction.
You may also want to watch:
It contains the darkest, as well as the most expressive, of Schubert's music: music in which voice and piano are equal partners, and it is one of the most challenging works to perform.
Mark Padmore is one of the most exciting voices around, justly famous for his Bach performances, especially that of the Evangelist in the Passions, and it is rewarding to hear the same impeccable singing in his Schubert.
- 1 Widow fighting for wedding refund
- 2 Owner of new pet shop says he will put animal welfare before sales
- 3 Police break up house party with 28 people crammed into flat
- 4 Norwich shop worker beaten with hammer in row over phone refund
- 5 Mother still 'grieving' for son who suffered life-changing brain injuries in crash
- 6 Tributes to high street mechanic known as a 'local legend'
- 7 Long tailbacks on A47 due to roadworks and lane closure
- 8 Garden centre launches outdoor eating with wood-fired pizza and waffles
- 9 Teen in serious condition after bank holiday crash
- 10 Driver stopped by police - 20 minutes after being given court ban
Even so his interpretation seemed initially to lack a degree of spontaneity, and it was Vignoles' superb colouring in the Weather Vane and Frozen Tears which held one's attention until, after a somewhat wistful Linden Tree, Padmore found a greater dramatic presence which he sustained until the end.
If the voice sometimes lacked warmth in the lower register, Padmore nevertheless brought a vivid range of expression to the work, aided by the immaculate and always insightful playing of Vignoles.