James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook’s Schubert song cycle recordings were already very well received, with great praise for both Die Schöne Müllerin and Schwanengesang. Now the pair’s long-term musical collaboration has truly blossomed with the release of their third disc on Orchid Classics, Winterreise, which was named Album of the Week by the Independent immediately following its release on 1st October. It was “Editor’s choice” in Classical Music Magazine the same month, and the disc is now featured as Recording of the Month in the Christmas issue of the BBC Music Magazine, whose seasonally appropriate feature on the song-cycle includes a short interview with James Gilchrist.
Comments on the disc include:
“[Gilchrist’s] light, sweet voice is wonderfully expressive, and Anna Tilbrook’s accompaniments are ideal”
Michael Church, The Independent
“[Gilchrist is] acutely responsive to the text, and he makes a believably vulnerable journeyman. In the culmination of this pair’s ‘cycle of cycles’, Tilbrook again proves an imaginative, inspired collaborator.”
Classical Music Magazine
“Gilchrist is continuously fresh and refreshing in his approach, without ever sounding mannered. The same goes, actually even more so, for his pianist Anna Tilbrook”
Michael Tanner, BBC Music Magazine