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Music Saturday 18 October

Hear sombre song cycle

British tenor Ian Bostridge returns to the Philharmonie to perform Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle.

Hear sombre song cycle

Ian Bostridge was an artist in residence at the Philharmonie in 2011 during which time he performed concerts for children as well as Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia together with renowned mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager. He returns to Luxembourg to perform Franz Schubert’s influential Winterreise song cycle.

Like Die schöne Müllerin, Schubert based this song cycle on poems by Wilhelm Müller. However, Winterreise was written as the composer was dying of syphilis and its songs suitably sombre, though described by one critic at least as having “a kind of sacred exhilaration.”

Indeed, the cycle has had a deeply moving affect on many, including the critic of the Wiener Theaterzeitung who heard the debut performance. “No-one can sing or hear them without being touched to the heart.”

Bostridge’s performance has been described as “gorgeous, plangent, beyond sentimentality.”

He is joined for the performance by pianist Thomas Adès, who also has a reputation as a composer--indeed, he is a Britten Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

Philharmonie, place de l’Europe, Luxembourg-Kirchberg

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