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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, February 2014

There are innumerable versions of Schubert’s second great Müller song cycle in the catalogue…However, what I think I can safely say is that this is a version that merits the very close attention of collectors.

There’s a great deal to admire about both the singing and the pianism as this performance unfolds. For one thing there are many small but telling tempo modifications for expressive purposes. Haefliger’s playing is consistently interesting and bespeaks a very careful consideration of each song and the way the piano part relates to and illuminates the words. Just as convincing—and satisfying—is the wide range of vocal colouring deployed by Holzmair.

Capriccio earn brownie points for the quality of the sound which is clear and pleasing and which allows us to hear both performers in excellent balance with each other.

…this is a very satisfying, deeply considered and involving account of Schubert’s great cycle. It held my attention from first note to last and deserves to be ranked with the finest recordings. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




James Manheim
AllMusic.com, April 2013

The accompanist is of critical importance in this kind of reading, and Holzmair and pianist Andreas Haefliger achieve a fluid balance that happens only at the top lieder echelon. Capriccio adds on superb sound from the acoustically superior Reitstadl Neumarkt concert hall…and taken together the components of this release add up to a major new statement on Winterreise… © 2013 Allmusic.com Read complete review





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