23-31 March 2012
The Shepherd on the RockMore
Und dringt doch aus der Quelle
Der Brust so glühend heiß,
Als wolltet ihr zerschmelzen
Des ganzen Winters Eis!
Here is the first page of Schubert’s manuscript for Winterreise, in honour of tonight’s broadcast of the cycle with baritone Florian Boesch and pianist Malcolm Martineau.More
Countess Caroline Esterházy looks down on Schubert from her portrait, depicted in Moritz von Schwind’s drawing of a Schubertiade.More
An introduction to Die schöne Müllerin, which is broadcast live from Edinburgh on Radio 3 at 1pm today.More
Due to a family bereavement, Ben Johnson and James Baillieu will no longer perform Die schöne Müllerin at today’s Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert, live from Edinburgh. We are therefore very lucky to have James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook standing in to perform the work. The pair have performed Schubert widely together and have recorded both this cycle and Winterreise to great acclaim.More
Mary Hampton performs ‘Der Leiermann’
(originally the final song of Schubert’s Winterreise)
Dann, Blümlein alle,
Der Mai ist kommen,
Der Winter ist aus.
From Die schöne Müllerin, today’s Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
Lilli Lehmann was a German operatic soprano of phenomenal versatility. She sang in the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876 and made her Covent Garden debut in 1899.
Hear her on Play Schubert For Me tonight at 10pm, singing Du bist die Ruh, recorded in 1907.More
Guten Morgen, schöne Müllerin!
Wo steckst du gleich das Köpfchen hin,
Als wär dir was geschehen?
Verdrießt dich denn mein Gruß so schwer?
Verstört dich denn mein Blick so sehr?
So muß ich wieder gehen.
– Wilhelm MüllerMore
The title page from the first published edition of Die schöne Müllerin.More
Tonight’s Radio 3 Live in Concert is direct from the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade. The festival - recalling the famous gatherings of Schubert and his friends - was founded in 1976 under the aegis of celebrated Lieder singer Hermann Prey. This evening, Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis will perform Schubert’s 1823 song cycle Die schöne Müllerin, which they have performed across the Globe to great renown. They also recorded the work in an award-winning series of Schubert recordings.More
During today’s Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert the Signum Quartet will play one of Schubert’s most evocative works, the ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet. This staggering work was written by Schubert in March 1824, shortly after he had spent a period of time in hospital. Composed for the violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh, the work recalls Schubert’s 1817 song of the same name. Although sung by a solo voice, the poem by Matthias Claudius is a highly dramatic dialogue between a young girl and the figure of death. There can be no doubt that, having contracted a deadly venereal disease the previous year, Schubert was haunted by similarly morbid thoughts when writing the quartet.More