Le Temps reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad
“The great bass-baritone Matthias Goerne sang the most poignant cycle of the Viennese composer with the pianist Leif Ove Andsnes at the Musical Summits of Gstaad. Outside, a cold rain and winter squalls. Inside, an audience wrapped up under the vaults of the Romanesque church to listen to this sublime music.
” … The voice of the baritone-bass is admirable. It oscillates between velvety textures and harsher tones … The accompaniment of Leif Ove Andsnes is of the first order. The Norwegian pianist does not “subjectivise” the Schubertian discourse; he exposes the melodic plot of each song. The piano is very well coloured, the chords are balanced. We do not find here any desire to appropriate music, but rather a respect for the score … that leaves the music to speak for itself. “Die Krähe” (“The Corneille”) is beautiful: there is a candour in the words “Wunderliches Tier” which suddenly fade into the void. It is these climate breaks, this bitter-sweetness, the fragile balance between hope and despair that make all the richness of the interpretation. A trip without return of which one does not emerge unscathed.”
Source: Le Temps