Saturday, 28 May 2011

Die Schöne Müllerin

There are two responses that could be made to Friedrich Müller's Die Schöne Müllerin, a collection of poems constituting a tale of unrequited love. Either, 'This guy needs to get the message. She doesn't love him. Move on. Get a life!' Or, as in the case of Franz Schubert, write a song-cycle which is regarded as one of the most sublime song-cycles of all time.

On Friday we went to hear Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis perform this at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. The pre-concert talk they shared together was fairly ordinary, but the concert was superb. They've recorded this on Harmonia Mundi, and one of the high points can be found here on Spotify.  It's called The Curious Man.

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