Roderick Williams takes us on an intimate three-year journey through the world of Schubert lieder, exploring the composer's last song cycle, Schwanengesang.
Roderick Williams has spent the last three years learning, exploring and performing three song cycles by Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, Winterreise, and Schwanengesang. During this process he kept a blog detailing the ups and downs of this process, the errors, pitfalls and payoffs.
In this programme, Roderick Williams journeys into the world of Schubert’s last song collection, Schwanengesang. He explores the challenges surrounding the performance of this music, including the language, discusses why he chose to study Schubert’s final song cycle first on his journey, and also relates some of the pros and cons of presenting this music interspersed with poetry.
Produced by Luke Whitlock for BBC Wales