Ian Bostridge and Thomas Adès Bring Schubert's 'Winterreise' To Carnegie Hall
Sunday, October 23, 2016
On Oct. 23, WQXR took you live to Carnegie Hall to hear tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Thomas Adés perform Schubert's 24-song cycle Winterreise.
This broadcast brings you a very special kind of concert experience. It is outwardly plain — only a piano is sitting on the stage of Carnegie Hall, with a spotlight shining on an area of the stage nearby. But the music they perform opens up an inward world rich in images of a deep experience of thought and emotions, the wrestling of the mind and heart, and a journey from one place in life to another.
The performers are the English tenor Ian Bostridge and the English pianist and composer Thomas Adés. The music they bring to this Carnegie Hall audience, and to you, is the song cycle Wintereisse, or Winter Journey. Franz Schubert wrote the music and the texts are poems written by Wilhelm Müller.
Bostridge and Adès performed the work together at the Barbican in England. The Telegraph wrote that it was “without doubt the most extraordinary, riveting, uncanny performance I have ever witnessed.”
WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon hosts the broadcast.