Schubert - Die Winterreise D 911 - Complete work
Type of Spiritual Experience
In 1823 Schubert, in addition to Fierrabras, also wrote his first large-scale song cycle, Die schöne Müllerin (D. 795), setting poems by Wilhelm Müller. This series, together with the later cycle Winterreise (D. 911, also setting texts of Müller in 1827) is widely considered one of the pinnacles of Lieder. He also composed the song Du bist die Ruh' (You are stillness/peace, D. 776) during this year.
Also in that year, symptoms of his illness first appeared.
In 1827, aged 30 and only one year away from death, Schubert wrote the song cycle Winterreise (D. 911), a colossal peak in art song - "remarkable" was the way it was described at the Schubertiades.
The Wiener Theaterzeitung, writing about Winterreise at the time, commented that it was a work that "none can sing or hear without being deeply moved"
A description of the experience
The New York Times music critic, Anthony Tommasini, wrote of him:
You have to love the guy, who died at 31, ill, impoverished and neglected except by a circle of friends who were in awe of his genius. For his hundreds of songs alone – including the haunting cycle Winterreise, which will never release its tenacious hold on singers and audiences – Schubert is central to our concert life....
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: baritone-Gerald Moore: piano-1962-
1 Gute Nacht
2 Die Wetterfanne
3 Gefrorene Tränen
5 Der Lindenbaum
7 Auf dem Flusse
13 Die Post
14 Der greise Kopf
15 Die Krähe
16 Letzte Hoffnung
17 Im Dorfe
18 Der stürmische Morgen
20 Der Wegweiser
21 Das Wirtshaus
23 Die Nebensonnen
24 Der Leiermann