With so many landmark recordings of Schubert’s greatest song cycle, Winterreise, how can anything new be said? Well, one answer is to go back to the source, try to slough off the “skin” the work has assumed from all those wonderful recordings by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Prey and more recently a new generation of superb singers and try to recreate it as Schubert would have expected.

To do this, Australian duo baritone David Greco and keyboardist Erin Helyard have slipped back 200 years using a fortepiano after Anton Graf (c 1817) from the Melbourne Conservatorium, where Helyard is a lecturer, and employing vocal techniques gleaned from early...