Music@Menlo Announces the Release of Schubert's Song Cycle Winterreise

Featuring Pianist Wu Han and
Baritone Nikolay Borchev
The 2019 festival performance of Schubert’s momentous Winterreise was a long-considered project for Nikolay Borchev and Wu Han. A dramatic and deeply moving song cycle depicting unrequited love, despair, and hope, Winterreise is a musically and emotionally intense undertaking for any artist. Those who were not able to experience the incredible live performances at Music@Menlo last summer are still able to share in their beauty, with the release of the live recordings on July 26.
Franz Schubert: Winterreise (1827)

Wu Han, pianist
Nikolay Borchev, baritone
  1. "Gute Nacht"
  2. "Die Wetterfahne"
  3. "Gefrorne Tränen
  4. "Erstarrung"
  5. "Der Lindenbaum"
  6. "Wasserflut"
  7. "Auf dem Flusse"
  8. "Rückblick"
  9. "Irrlicht"
  10. "Rast"
  11. "Frühlingstraum"
  12. "Einsamkeit"
  13. "Die Post"
  14. "Der greise Kopf"
  15. "Die Krähe"
  16. "Letzte Hoffnung"
  17. "Im Dorfe"
  18. "Der stürmische Morgen"
  19. "Täuschung"
  20. "Der Wegweiser"
  21. "Das Wirtshaus"
  22. "Mut"
  23. "Die Nebensonnen"
  24. "Der Leiermann"

About Wu Han
Named Musical America’s 2012 Musician of the Year, pianist Wu Han ranks among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. She appears regularly in many prestigious venues across the United States, Europe, and the Far East as both soloist and chamber musician and tours extensively as duo pianist with cellist David Finckel. Wu Han and David Finckel serve as Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo, as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Chamber Music Today, an annual festival held in Korea. Wu Han’s wide-ranging musical activities include the founding of ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company. Passionately committed to education, she launched a new chamber music studio at the Aspen Music Festival in 2013.

About Nikolay Borchev
Russian baritone Nikolay Borchev started his career as a Principal at the Bavarian State Opera at a very young age and then was a member at the Vienna State Opera for two seasons. With both companies, he has been singing all the main roles of his Fach, such as Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo/Così fan tutte, and Figaro/Il barbiere di Siviglia. Meanwhile, he is a sought-after singer, performing his widespread repertoire in guest engagements throughout Europe, including at Covent Garden in London, the Cologne Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Munich State Opera, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw as well as in Utrecht and with the Moscow Philharmonic Society.
Music@Menlo is an internationally acclaimed three-week summer festival and institute that combines world-class chamber music performances, extensive audience engagement with artists, intensive training for preprofessional musicians, and efforts to enhance and broaden the chamber music community of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Music@Menlo LIVE , the festival's exclusive recording label, has been praised as "the most ambitious recording project of any classical music festival in the world"  (The Mercury News), and its recordings have been hailed as "without question the best CDs I have ever heard" (Positive Feedback Online). Produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer Da-Hong Seetoo using state-of-the-art recording technology, Music@Menlo LIVE releases feature select concert recordings representing Music@Menlo's signature thematic programming. For more information, please visit Music@Menlo online at
ArtistLed is an independent recording company founded in 1997 by cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han. It is an enterprise that evolved out of the desire of two musicians to produce recordings in an environment free from constraints: artistic, commercial, technical and procedural. ArtistLed is not as much a company as a means for musicians to record what they want the way they want, and to offer their records directly to the public. The musicians are controlling participants in every aspect of the recording process, from selecting the repertoire and recording venue to setting the sound, running the sessions, constructing the edits, and determining the final mix. The result is a performance that combines the excitement and spontaneity of a live concert with the sonic and musical perfection expected of a studio recording. To date, ArtistLed has released nineteen recordings, all to critical acclaim. For more information, please visit ArtistLed online at

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