Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees

Winterreise (DVD)

Price: € 7.95
Format: DVD movie
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917259520
Catnr: CC 72595
Release date: 31 May 2013
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€ 7.95
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72595
Release date
31 May 2013

"The quality of the musical recording and the video is distinguished, which is another advantage of this considerable recording. "

Pizzicato, 01-11-2013

About the album

Schubert's "Winterreise" is one of the most famous song cycles that exist in classical music and musicians take it up again and again because of its beauty, sorrow and depth. It is about life itself and which performer does not want to give his or her opinion on life? Both tenor Christoph Prégardien and pianist Michael Gees have their own vision on the cycle. Playing together, a third view develops, combining their two visions into an exciting interpretation of Winterreise.

In this production the music lover has more ways than one to enjoy this Lieder cycle to the fullest. This DVD edition gives you the possibility to watch Winterreise on film as recorded in the studio. This is done in a beautiful manner with close-ups so we can see the expressions on the faces of the musicians and makes for an intense musical experience. It also includes documentary: Winterreise, Der dritte Weg (The Third Way) with interviews with Prégardien and Gees and behind-the-scenes footage of the studio recording process.

Schuberts bekendste liederencyclus
De Winterreise van Franz Schubert is een van de bekendste liederencycli in de klassieke muziek. De muziek is gecomponeerd op tekst van de gedichten van Wilhelm Müller en is geschreven voor piano en zang. In 24 liederen wordt het verhaal verteld van een jonge man die wordt afgewezen en vervolgens op reis gaat. Het werk gaat echter verder dan enkel het verhaal van een verloren jongeman: het stuk zit vol met maatschappelijke kritiek en door velen wordt de reis gezien als een zoektocht naar de mens en het leven zelf. Zowel tenor Christoph Prégardien als pianist Michael Gees hebben hun eigen, unieke kijk op de cyclus. Wanneer ze samen spelen ontstaat een nieuwe, derde kijk die hun twee visies combineert tot een unieke interpretatie van de Winterreise.

In de video bij dit album kan de muziekliefhebber de Winterreise op meerdere manieren beleven. In prachtige close-ups zien we de opname van de muziek in de studio, waarin op de gezichten van de musici de emoties van de muziek te lezen zijn. Daarnaast bevat dit album de documentaire Winterreise, Der dritte Weg (De derde weg) met interviews met Prégardien en Gees en behind-the-scenes materiaal van het opnameproces.

Christoph Prégardien is een wereldberoemde tenor die bekend is van meer dan 200 albums bij verschillende platenmaatschappijen. Michael Gees is een groots pianist die vooral bekend is van zijn samenwerkingen met Prégardien.
Neuaufnahme der Winterreise mit Christoph Prégardien und Michael Gees.

Zusätzlich zur CD in Super-Audio-Qualität wurde ein Dokumentationsfilm mit den beiden Künstlern im Aufnahmestudio erstellt. Emotionen, Ausdruck und musikalische Entwicklung werden zusätzlich durch Interviews mit Sänger und Pianist illustriert.
Die Filme sind auf Blue Ray oder DVD erhältlich.

Ein innovatives Musikerlebnis mit hohen Qualitätsansprüchen.
Challenge Classics lancia la sua prima produzione audio-film-documentario: una maniera innovativa di vivere la musica.
Gli appassionati possono essere quasi realmente presenti nello studio dove i musicisti eseguono e registrano la musica per il film. Utilizzano i primi piani, le espressioni, il coinvolgimento e l’intensità dei musicisti risultano ancora più diretti e personali di quanto sarebbe stato in un concerto. La versione video (in formato DVD o BluRay – con bonus CD) comprende il documentario Winterreise, The Third Way, con interviste a Prégardien e Gees e il dietro le quinte delle sessioni di registrazione.

Il Viaggio d’inverno op. 89, D. 911 (1827) di Schubert è uno dei più celebri cicli liederistici della storia della musica. I musicisti ritornano più e più volte su questo capolavoro, per la sua bellezza, tristezza e profondità. Il tenore Christoph Prégardien e il pianista Michael Gees hanno ciascuno una propria visione del ciclo. Eseguendolo insieme ne scaturisce una ‘terza via’, che fonde le loro due visioni in una straordinaria interpretazione del Viaggio d’inverno.

​Le precedenti registrazioni su Challenge Classics del duo Prégardien e Gees hanno procurato loro diversi premi, compresi due Midem Awards.


Christoph Prégardien
Born 1956 in Limburg, Germany, Christoph Prégardien began his musical education as a choirboy. He then studied singing with Martin Gründler and Karlheinz Jarius in Frankfurt, Carla Castellani in Milan, Alois Treml in Stuttgart and attended Hartmut Höll’s lieder-class.

Widely regarded as among the foremost lyric tenors, Christoph Prégardien frequently collaborates with conductors such as Barenboim, Chailly, Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Luisi, Metzmacher, Nagano, Sawallisch and Thielemann. His repertory spans a wide range from the great Baroque, Classical and Romantic Oratorios to 20th century works by Britten, Killmayer, Rihm, Stravinsky.

Recognized as an eminent recitalist, Christoph Prégardien is regularly welcomed at the major recital venues of Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam, Salzburg, Zurich, Vienna, Barcelona and Geneva, as well as during his concert tours throughout Italy, Japan and North America.

A longstanding collaboration unites him with his favourite piano partners Michael Gees and Andreas Staier. Soloist of choice for renowned orchestras, he performed with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Gewand-hausorchester Leipzig, London Philharmonia, Staatskapelle Dresden, Philharmonie de Radio France, the Montreal, Boston, St. Louis and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras.

An important part of his repertory has been recorded by labels such as BMG, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Sony, Erato, Challenge Classics and Teldec. He is represented on more than a hundred and twenty titles, including nearly all of his active repertoire. His recordings of German Romantic Lied repertory have been highly acclaimed by the public and press and have received international awards including the prestigious Orphée d’Or of the Académie du Disque Lyrique-Prix Georg Solti, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Edison Award, Cannes Classical Award
and Diapason d’Or.

As an opera singer, Christoph Prégardien has made stage appearences in major European houses, performing leading roles as Tamino (Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Seviglia), Fenton (Falstaff) and Monteverdi’s Ulisse. In Spring 2005, Christoph Prégardien sang the leading part in Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” at the Paris National Opera conducted by Sylvain Cambreling.

An important aspect in the musical life of Christoph Prégardien is his intensive and varied educational work. From 2000 to 2005 Christoph Prégardien was in charge of a vocal class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zurich. Since the autumn of 2004, he is a professor at the Musikhochschule Köln. In a new combination of DVD and book, released in the serie “Schott Master Class”, he presents for the first time questions of singing technique and interpretation in word and picture. Film examples accompagny him during his lessons with masterclass students.

Christoph Prégardien now has a long-term cooperation with Challenge Classics. The first production on our label, released in February 2008, was Schubert’s “Die schöne Müllerin” with pianist Michael Gees. In the fall of 2008 “Schwanengesang” with pianist Andreas Staier followed and “Die schöne Müllerin” was awarded the Midem ‘Record of the Year’ 2009 at MIDEM, the world’s largest music industry trade fair. The duo Christoph Prégardien/Michael Gees also received the MIDEM ‘Vocal Recitals’ Award 2009. Throughout 2008 the recording received critical acclaim from many national and international magazines (Gramophone, Editor’s Choice & „Best of 2008“ among others).

Michael Gees
Michael Gees’ biography certainly justifies the term: exceptional. Few others can claim to have a career already behind them at the tender age of fifteen: Born in 1953 into a world of sound and music, both parents are singers, the piano is his favourite toy at age three. Formal piano lessons follow at age five, and the young musician subsequently goes on to win the Steinway Competition at age eight and receives a scholarship at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. The child prodigy is hailed as “Westphalian Mozart“, takes up studies at the conservatories in Detmold and Vienna and it seems as if he is fast on his way to become an internationally acclaimed pianist.

Were it not for the gifted child’s longing to explore the world of sound on his own terms, to playfully experience his self like the great masters’ music, to invent their music all over again, note for note instead of limiting himself to a technical practice regimen. Michael Gees flees the pressure of a predetermined competitional career at the age of fifteen, leaves school, conservatory and home behind, supports himself through odd jobs, works as archeological assistant and, in the process, for the duration of two full years, becomes a sailor.

Chance leads him back to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, where he resumes his compositional studies and eventually graduates. He now develops first rate pianistic chops on his own, composes a number of works, gains international renown as lied accompanist of extraordinary proportions with Christoph Prégardien and also appears in concerts globally; in Paris, London, New York and Tokio. All the while, he nurses and feeds his preference for combining the performance of music of past masters with living inspiration, thereby creating remarkable performances with his instrument.

Turin reviewer N. Campogrande speaks of his “ingenious passion“ and goes on to write: “Gees’ playing throughout the evening seemed as if he were the creator of these compositions and kept watch hence everything might fall into place as imagined by him before his inner ear. His eyes were not those of an artist intent on reproduction, but rather shone in the lambent look of passion, so like our idea of the composer as creator.”

In 1989, Gees founds “forum kunstvereint“ in his adopted hometown of Gelsenkirchen; the Consol Theater, also installed by him, opens its doors in 2001 on the confines of the former mining area Consolidation. There, music, dance and theatre projects take shape, where children, youths and adults alike are incited and encouraged to discover and realize their own artistic impulses. A steady number of CDs have been released from 1996 onward on Kunstvereint, CPO, EMI and Challenge Classics, showcasing Michael Gees’ range.



The quality of the musical recording and the video is distinguished, which is another advantage of this considerable recording. 
Pizzicato, 01-11-2013

"Wether you find the close-ups of face and fingers distracting or deepen your appreciation is an entirely personal matter.Suffice is to say that the intense focus and concentration of both performers is confirmed visually." 5 out of five stars ***** for Performance 4 out of five stars**** for Sound&Picture and for Extras
BBC Music Magazine, 02-9-2013

This is beautiful singing by a master of his craft, and Prégardien brings to the cycle his early-music-specialisation qualities of precise diction, tuning and articulation
Early Music Review, 01-8-2013

Christoph Prégardien and Michael Gees satisfy completely
Fono Forum, 01-7-2013

Three elements complete each other at this production in an almost perfect way: the piece of art, its congenial interpretation and the latest audio- and videotechnology, which supports the music in a professional and elegant way. 
Kulturradio am Mittag, 06-6-2013

This is a powerfully original performance of Schubert's journey into the distracted mind.
Sunday Times UK, 02-6-2013

"Even if singing and music are getting maintaining the delicate of balance of sound between piano and tenor exuberant", 31-5-2013

Christoph Prégardien and Michael Gees leave without a doubt sufficient room for imagination and ample opportunity to bring the protagonist from fantasy to life through SACD.
Klassieke Zaken, 29-5-2013

Tenor Christoph Prégardien and pianist Michael Gees are a class pairing when it comes to the heart of German lieder
The Scotsman, 20-5-2013

this recording proves a deep comprehension and intensiveexamination with Schubert's compositions
Bayrischer Rundfunk, 29-4-2013

The tenor is still focusing on pure sound and on a natural speech formation. A mixture which moves to tears
NDR, 10-4-2013

Gripping, beautiful and colorful Winterreise
Du Holde Kunst, 10-2-2013

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Film "Winterreise" official trailer (including interviews) - Christoph Prégardien & Michael Gees

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