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Winterreise: Schubert’s winter journey.

Schubert’s emotionally harrowing winter journey is performed by Ashley Riches and Joseph Middleton.

Schubert’s emotionally harrowing winter journey is performed by Ashley Riches and Joseph Middleton.
Schubert wrote his epic winter journey when, as one of his friends observed, ‘Life had lost its rosiness and winter had come upon him.’ In this final song cycle, Schubert searched out and set twenty four poems by the Romantic, Wilhelm Müller which tell of a lonely traveller who ventures out into the snow: “A stranger I arrived; a stranger I depart.” As he passes his lover’s house, the poet writes ‘Goodnight’ on her gate post and so begins this harrowing journey of twilight hues and bleak landscapes, of snow and ice. As Schubert said, these songs are: “Truly terrible, they have affected me more than any others.” Winterreise is one of the greatest journeys in all music.

Schubert Winterreise D. 911
Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)
Joseph Middleton (piano)

The recording of this epic work marks the end of Ashley Riches's two years as a Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

1 hour, 29 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise - song cycle D.911

    Performer: Joseph Middleton. Singer: Ashley Riches.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Solitary traveller Op.43 no.2

    Performer: Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad. Performer: David Meier.
  • Ola Gjeilo

    Northern Lights

    Choir: VOCES8.
    • Decca.
  • Edvard Grieg

    First meeting Op.21 no.1

    Performer: Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad. Performer: David Meier.

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