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Winter Journeys

Everything but a Lieder Recital: New Interpretations of Schubert’s Legendary Song Cycle

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Franz Schubert wrote his song cycle »Winterreise« (A Winter’s Journey) just one year before his death. The 24 songs, in which the poems of Wilhelm Müller are set to music, have been regarded as the gold standard of the genre ever since. It is said that contemporary audiences were shocked by the intense expressiveness of the work, and today’s audiences can still be heard taking deep breaths during performances thanks to the profound treatment of themes such as leave-taking, peregrination and death, and their intensive musical arrangement.

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