James Gilchrist Tenor
Anna Tilbrook Piano
Schubert Die Winterreise
Schubert’s setting of 24 poems by German poet Wilhelm Müller, forming his song cycle Die Winterreise (Winter’s Journey), is an intense, and intensely moving internal monologue about love and loss. Tracking the thoughts and wanderings of a jilted man, Winterreise moves from tender memory to desperate flight, urged on by rage, jealousy and thoughts of death. It is bleak, but
beautifully, heartbreakingly so, and one of Schubert’s greatest masterpieces. Regular recital partners James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook have performed Die Winterreise many times, and their recording of the work, together with Schubert’s other cycles Die Schöne Müllerin and Schwanengesang, has been much admired. Gilchrist is a such an eloquent storyteller, his singing so expressive, that you almost forget he is singing in German. Through voice and gesture, the pathos and narrative of this remarkable music is laid bare.
Beyond the Barline with Jonathan James: Terrifying Songs
Friday 6 December | 6.15pm | £5, or £3 to concert ticketholders
Exploring the terrifying and affecting nature of this song cycle, and Schubert’s later life.