In June 2018, Robert-John Edwards (with pianist Gina Kruger) first performed Schubert’s immortal and epic song-cycle Winterreise at a salon style performance in London. 12 months later, they repeated this performance with recitals at the prestigious Harlaxton Manor (for the Red Cross Summer Recital Series) and the Gloucester Music Festival.
Winterreise (“Winter’s Journey” – the original poetry by Wilhelm Müller) tells the story of a lonely wanderer (giving a new dimension to The Wanderer of Germanic/Norse folk-lore), cast out from society and destined to wander the hinterland for eternity. Featuring famous songs such as Der Lindenbaum (The Linden Tree), Die Krähe (The Crow) and the genre-changing Der Leiermann (The Hurdy-Gurdy Man), this 24-song, 74-minute long song-cycle represents the peak of early Romantic Lieder (song) writing.
Robert-John’s academic and well researched approach along with his outstanding story-telling help bring this phenomenal masterpiece of the genre to life.
Extract of a 2017 recording from the King’s Lynn Fringe Festival with Fergus Black, piano
A sample copy of the programme notes is available here.
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