Schubert’s Winterreise

Thomas Meglioranza, baritone

Schubert’s Winterreise

David Breitman, fortepiano





Schubert’s Winterreise

Thomas Meglioranza, baritone & David Breitman, fortepiano

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Thomas Meglioranza, baritone
  • David Breitman, fortepiano

Event Details

Baritone Thomas Meglioranza and fortepianist David Breitman perform Franz Schubert's song cycle, Winterreise (Winter Journey). Breitman will play a fortepiano based on an 1819 model by the Viennese maker, Conrad Graf. Compared to a modern piano, this instrument has a kaleidoscopic range of colors and articulations, as well as a transparency and intimacy that beautifully illuminates this cycle.

Composed in 1827 on texts by Wilhelm Müller, the 24 songs of Winterreise follow a heartbroken man as he walks through a winter landscape, reflecting on his sorrow as he encounters bare trees, frozen rivers, snowy meadows, dogs, crows, various atmospheric phenomena, among other things. Despite the bleak subject matter, Winterreise is one of the most powerful and beloved works in all of classical music. Müller imbues the wanderer with a profound self-awareness and humanity (as well as some gallows humor), inspiring Franz Schubert to compose his most harrowing and transcendent music.

Thomas Meglioranza

Thomas Meglioranza was born in Manhattan, grew up in northern New Jersey, and graduated from Grinnell College and the Eastman School of Music. He was a winner of the Walter W. Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Franz Schubert/Music of Modernity, and Joy in Singing competitions. In addition to Messiahs and Bach passions with many US orchestras, he has also sung Copland's Old American Songs with the National Symphony, Eight Songs for a Mad King with the LA Philharmonic, Bach cantatas with Les Violons du Roy, and John Harbison's Fifth Symphony with the Boston Symphony. His operatic roles include Pierrot in Die tote Stadt, Chou En-Lai in Nixon in China and Prior Walter in Peter Eötvös' Angels in America. With pianist Reiko Uchida, he has given recitals around the world and recorded albums of Schubert lieder, Winterreise and Fauré’s La bonne chanson. His discography also includes orchestral songs of Virgil Thomson with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Bach cantatas with the Taverner Consort. He is a Visiting Artist at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.

David Breitman

Pianist David Breitman directs the Historical Performance program at Oberlin. He is equally at home with the fortepiano and the modern piano, and enjoys both solo and ensemble playing. Recent seasons have included Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto and Choral Fantasy on both historical and modern pianos, and several performances at the renowned Cobbe Collection of historical instruments outside of London. His collaboration with baritone Sanford Sylvan spans more than thirty years, with several hundred recitals and four CD’s, ranging from Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, to the premiere recording of The Glass Hammer, a major song cycle by the Cuban-American composer Jorge Martin. He has recorded the Mozart piano-violin sonatas on historical instruments with Jean-François Rivest for Analekta, and, in a collaboration of a different sort, he is one of seven fortepianists on the 10-CD recording of the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle on CLAVES.

Breitman’s most recent projects involve more Beethoven: a recording of the violin sonatas with Elizabeth Wallfisch will be complete by the end of 2012; the cello sonatas with Jaap ter Linden are projected for 2013. He now shares his enthusiasm for this repertoire with students in the courses “Performing Beethoven’s violin/cello sonatas,” and is currently working on a book titled “Time-Travel for Pianists: How Today’s Players Can Learn from Yesterday’s Instruments.”