Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

Ian Bostridge


An exploration of the world’s most renowned and demanding music cycle, Schubert's Winter Journey (Winterreise), by way of a number one interpreter of the paintings, who teases out the themes—literary, historic, psychological—that weave during the twenty-four songs that make up this mythical masterpiece.

Completed within the final months of the younger Schubert’s existence, Winterreise has grow to be thought of the only maximum piece of song within the background of Lieder. Deceptively laconic—these twenty-four brief poems set to song for voice and piano are played uninterrupted in little greater than an hour—it still has an emotional intensity and gear that no tune of its type has ever equaled. a tender guy, rejected through his cherished, leaves the home the place he has been dwelling and walks out into snow and darkness. As he wanders clear of the village and into the empty nation-state, he studies a cascade of emotions—loss, grief, anger, and acute loneliness, shot via with merely fleeting moments of hope—until the panorama he inhabits turns into considered one of alienation and melancholy. initially meant to be sung to an intimate collecting, performances of Winterreise now pack the best live performance halls round the world. 

Drawing both on his enormous event acting this paintings (he has sung it multiple hundred times), on his musical wisdom, and on his education as a student, Bostridge teases out the enigmas and sophisticated meanings of every of the twenty-four lyrics to probe for us the area Schubert inhabited, his biography and mental make-up, the ancient and political pressures in which he grew to become one of many world’s maximum composers, and the ongoing resonances and affinities that our ears nonetheless realize this present day, making Schubert’s wanderer our mirror.

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