Considered one of the finest lieder singers of his generation, Ian Bostridge has earned a reputation as a master of the music of Schubert and Britten, as well as an explorer of the more unusual. His singing is marked by a particular care in conveying the colour and meaning of the text, qualities very much in evidence in his 2019 recording of Winterreise, Schubert’s imposing cycle of 24 songs on texts by German poet Wilhelm Müller. Few of Bostridge’s contemporaries can equal his authority in Schubert’s 1827 cycle; in 2014, he published an acclaimed book on the work, and he has performed the songs continually since his debut as a singer, aged 27, in 1993. His winter journey is at once spare and intense, and, in partnership with the great contemporary composer and exquisite pianist Thomas Adès, drawn in the colours of ice and snow.
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