Ian Bostridge sings Winterreise

with Thomas Adès piano

12 January 2015 / 19:30

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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
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).

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More recitals at the Barbican:
Fri 17 Oct - Kavakos/Brahms: The Violin Sonatas
Tue 21 Oct - Elina Garanca in recital
Fri 23 Jan - Benjamin Grosvenor in recital
Fri 20 Mar - Evgeny Kissin in recital
Wed 22 Apr - Capuçon/Brahms: The Cello Sonatas
Sat 16 May - Helene Grimaud in recital
Thu 28 May - Matthias Goerne in recital
Fri 5 Jun - Murray Perahia in recital

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This event is part of:
Barbican Presents 2014–2015

Produced by the Barbican


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