Winter Words from Ian Bostridge

Part of Birmingham International Concert Season 2012/13… more events…

Part of A Boy Was Born… more events…

Wednesday 16 January

Town Hall

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Ian Bostridge tenor
Julius Drake piano

Schubert Twelve songs from Winterreise (A Winter’s Journey) 35’
Ives Memories; Thoreau; 1, 2, 3; Remembrance (A sound of a distant horn); Feldeinsamkeit 12’
Britten Winter Words 22’

Encore – Britten – Waly Waly

Benjamin Britten wrote Winter Words for the tenor Peter Pears, and the duo were legendary interpreters of Winterreise, Schubert’s dark journey of the soul in a bleak winter landscape. Ian Bostridge – one of today’s greatest interpreters of the music of both composers – continues that tradition and performs twelve songs from Winterreise next to Britten’s matchless settings of Thomas Hardy.


Review by Andrew Clements, Guardian:

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…     “As Bostridge insisted at the beginning of the recital, the 12 Schubert songs that he and Drake were performing from Die Winterreise were not an extract from the complete song cycle, but its original version: Schubert set the first 12 Müller poems and performed them to his friends before discovering the texts of the other 12 to create the cycle we know today. If this ur-Winterreise lacks the emotional punch provided in the later version’s second half, it still makes a wonderfully rounded and satisfying whole, which Bostridge pointed up with his usual subtlety, intelligence and discriminating vocal colour.”


Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

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…     “Ian Bostridge began his programme with Schubert’s first thoughts on Winterreise and ended with Britten’s Winter Words, (this was part of THSH’s A Boy was Born Britten Fest) and chilled and harrowed us in the process.

The tenor combines a creamy, otherworldly timbre with hypnotic, compelling body-language, prowling around the piano, gripping its rim as he leans and sways – all of this entirely natural and instinctive, no suspicion of contrivance – all of this conveying the sense of an artist totally possessed by his subject.”     …