Countertenor Xavier Sabata sings Schubert's “Winterreise” (Winter Journey)

On his debut album with Berlin Classics, Countertenor Xavier Sabata leaves familiar territory and embarks, quite literally, on an emotionally and vocally challenging journey: Schubert's “Winterreise” (Winter Journey). The step into 19th century repertoire is the realization of a long-held aspiration.


Together with pianist Francisco Poyato, Catalonia-native Xavier Sabata interprets the work that was written a year prior to the composer's death, making Sabata one of the first countertenors to take on the cycle. However for him personally, his particular vocal register is irrelevant and he is not keen on compartmentalization. “Schubert had friends who were not even professional singers and who sang his songs. I am extremely grateful that women have also taken the liberty of interpreting this work. Why shouldn't a countertenor be allowed to sing this piece if he is capable of bringing out the profound inner conflicts, feelings and meanings in the work?”

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