1412 - 1415: Master Jan Hus in his sermons in the Bethlehem Chapel denounces plague the church organization. Is affected papal anathema and asked to at the Council of Constance defended his teachings. King Sigismund was not convinced and 6.7.1415, he was burned at the stake as a heretic.
In a note accompanying this new Winterreise with Jan Van Elsacker, the fortepianist and musicologist Tom Beghin asks what yet another new recording of Schubert’s great song-cycle might offer. The answer, in the first instance, is the instrument Beghin plays, a newly restored Gottlieb Hafner from Vienna c1830, whose five pedals – and attendant effects – Beghin is unafraid to employ.