Peter Grahame Woolf

December 2010

A Winterreise for the 19th & 21st Centuries!

Backed with thorough musicological exploration into appropriate instruments and transpositions etc, this is an important recording, one to challenge the intensity of many famous Lieder singers who fill the Wigmore Hall several times a year supported by modern Steinway pianos.

It is for us particularly welcome after a year of saturation in Mozart and Beethoven piano music on fortepiano - Bilson, Bezuidenhout etc - Cooper's choice of an early 19th century fortepiano (copy of an 1823 Broadwood) is ideal.

It all comes across with a new immediacy, not relying on rhetoric and histrionics and is an essential purchase for unprejudiced collectors to have on the shelf alongside the Fischer-Dieskaus (8 of his !) and a myriad others ; the completest discography might be at There are, of course, others with fortepiano, but I will wait for others to do comparative reviews of them.

Recommended, then, with no reservations about the disc itself.

(original review)