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Roderick Williams takes us on an intimate three-year journey through the world of Schubert lieder, exploring the composer's iconic song cycle Winterreise.

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 iconic song cycle, Winterreise. He explores why this collection of songs is held in such high esteem by singers and audience alike, how school children have reacted to hearing this music sung in English, and the pros and cons of this music being orchestrated by others.

Produced by Luke Whitlock for BBC Wales

1 hour

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D 911: Gute Nacht

    Performer: Alfred Brendel. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • Philips 4114632.
    • Philips.
    • 2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D 911: Erstarrung

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Thomas Allen.
    • Virgin 72435450702.
    • Virgin.
    • 4.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D 911: Der Lindenbaum

    Performer: Christopher Glynn. Singer: Roderick Williams.
    • SIGNUM SIGCD531.
    • SIGNUM.
    • 5.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D 911: Auf dem Flusse

    Performer: Julius Drake. Singer: Alice Coote.
    • Wigmore Hall WHLIVE0057.
    • Wigmore Hall.
    • 7.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D 911: Rückblick

    Performer: Julius Drake. Singer: Alice Coote.
    • Wigmore Hall WHLIVE0057.
    • Wigmore Hall.
    • 8.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D 911: Die Post

    Singer: Julien Pregardien. Orchestra: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie. Conductor: Robert Reimer.
    • Alpha 8403.
    • Alpha.
    • 13.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D 911: Die Krähe

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Christopher Maltman.
    • Wigmore Hall WHLIVE0046.
    • Wigmore Hall.
    • 15.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D 911: Im Dorfe

    Performer: Wolfgang Sawallisch. Singer: Thomas Hampson.
    • EMI CDC5564452.
    • EMI.
    • 17.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D 911: Der stürmische Morgen

    Performer: Wolfgang Sawallisch. Singer: Thomas Hampson.
    • EMI CDC5564452.
    • EMI.
    • 18.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D 911: Täuschung

    Performer: Wolfgang Sawallisch. Singer: Thomas Hampson.
    • EMI CDC5564452.
    • EMI.
    • 19.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D 911: Das Wirtshaus

    Performer: Konrad Richter. Singer: Robert Holl.
    • Preiser 93317.
    • Preiser.
    • 21.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D 911: Mut

    Performer: Konrad Richter. Singer: Robert Holl.
    • Preiser 93317.
    • Preiser.
    • 22.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D 911: Der Leiermann

    Performer: Geoffrey Parsons. Singer: Olaf Bär.
    • EMI CDC7493342.
    • EMI.
    • 24.

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