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Schubert Lieder
Poetic songs of love and longing bring together German baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist James Baillieu for a recital of magnificent Lieder by Schubert.

Selection of Lieder

Franz Schubert penned over 600 song settings before his death at 31. Stylistically, they combine melodies of often folk-like simplicity with accompaniments alive to poetic subtext. Emotionally, they span the gamut, with perhaps especial attention paid to Schubert’s personal preoccupations with loneliness and early death. Take the Winterreise song cycle to poems by Wilhelm Müller, charting a rejected lover’s bleak trudge through a nocturnal snowscape. Or the Die schöne Müllerin cycle, also to Müller texts, whose protagonist apparently drowns himself when rejected by a miller’s daughter. Still, for Friedrich Rückert’s Du bist die Rüh Schubert produced a transcendental, prayer-like love song, while Goethe settings include the supernatural horror of Erlkönig, in which the Elf King takes the life of a child even as it gallops towards shelter in the arms of its father.

SCHUBERT Erlkönig D. 328 | Thomas Quasthoff - Evgeny Kissin (Salle Médran, 2005)