David Greco and Erin Helyard’s back to basics survey of Schubert’s song cycles continueswith the same freshness and vitality that characterised the pair’s ear-opening Winterreise last year. The emphasis again is on historically-informed practice, Greco’s approach remaining essentially the same as before, Helyard exchanging the fortepiano employed in Winterreise for a modern Paul McNulty piano built in 2015 and modelled on an Anton Graf instrument from two centuries earlier when Schubert was in his ascendancy.

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The combined effect is noticeable from the off, Greco and Helyard launching into Das Wandern with a becomingly bright and ardent buoyancy. Largely informed by an edition of the cycle published in 1830, two years after Schubert’s death – one that included embellishments subtly...

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