Schubert’s greatest song-cycle, sung by Ian Bostridge with composer Thomas Adès at the piano.
A solitary traveller, a frozen landscape, a stricken heart: Schubert’s Winterreise shapes the elements of Romanticism into a piercing study of the human soul. Winterreise is at the centre of Ian Bostridge’s musical life, and with Thomas Adès at the piano, this should be a performance of special imaginative intensity.
"I suppose Schubert speaks to me the deepest” says Ian Bostridge. “Winterreise is to me the ultimate work that I perform. It’s a work that ranks with the greatest in the operatic and symphonic repertoire”. It’s hard to disagree. Bostridge identifies deeply with Schubert’s stricken wanderer - the poet George Szirtes has praised the “extraordinary phrasing and fitting clarity” of Bostridge’s reading: “It is gorgeous, plangent, beyond sentimentality”. As Bostridge releases his new book on the cycle, he’s joined at the piano by Thomas Adès: because every performance of Winterreise should, after all, be a re-creation.
Programme & Performers
Schubert Winterreise Ian Bostridge tenor Thomas Adès piano
Post-concert event (free to ticket holders): Ian Bostridge in conversation with Tom Service about Winterreise and his new book Winter’s Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession (Faber).