Great masterpiece in the history of music and landmark of German Lied, Winterreise was composed by Franz Schubert one year before he died. The composer is only thirty when he writes this score. He is experiencing a particularly prolific period, as if his inspiration was freeing itself after the death of the great Ludwig van Beethoven, who was leading the musical life in Vienna.
This condensed work is made of twenty-four melodies for voice and piano. It is based on dark and melancholic poems by Wilhelm Müller, a writer whose poems Schubert already set to music: Die schöne Müllerin (The Fair Miller-maid). The psychological range of those Lieder is complex, with a unique and strong sadness. With a deep interiority, this Winter Journey depicts in two parts the wandering of a young man, who has no luck in love, in a frozen landscape. Nature, which is represented motionless and desolate, expresses the wrench of the individual and his despair.
Schubert develops musically this lonely journey with repetitive rhythms and low colors. Then the poem acquires a metaphysical dimension: the winter journey ends with the image of an old hurdy-gurdy player, who personifies Death.
The famous South African artist William Kentridge created a visual journey with videos (animation, collage, montage) which is a poetic counterpoint to the interpretation by Matthias Goerne, the most acclaimed Lied singer today.
2016-11-24 00:00:00 - Daejeon Arts Center, Seoul - South Korea
2016-11-22 00:00:00 - Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul - South Korea
2016-04-14 00:00:00 - Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Barcalona - Spain
2016-04-03 00:00:00 2016-04-06 00:00:00 - Opéra de Lille, Lille - France
2016-03-30 00:00:00 - Philharmonie de Paris, Paris - France
2016-03-11 00:00:00 2016-03-13 00:00:00 - San Francisco Opera, SanFrancisco - USA
2016-02-15 00:00:00 2016-02-21 00:00:00 - Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon - Portugal
2016-01-07 00:00:00 2016-01-09 00:00:00 - Sydney Festival, Sydney - Australia
2015-11-19 00:00:00 2015-11-20 00:00:00 - Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Luxembourg
2015-09-17 00:00:00 2015-09-19 00:00:00 - Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul - South Korea
2015-09-04 00:00:00 2015-09-05 00:00:00 - Singapore International Festival of Arts, Singapore - Singapore
2014-11-26 00:00:00 - NET Festival Moscow, Moscow - Russia
2014-11-11 00:00:00 - Lincoln Center White Light Festival, New York - USA
2014-09-19 00:00:00 2014-09-21 00:00:00 - KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Göttingen - Germany
2014-07-25 00:00:00 2014-07-26 00:00:00 - Holland Festival, Amsterdam - The Netherlands
2014-07-04 00:00:00 2014-07-17 00:00:00 - Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence - France
2014-06-09 00:00:00 2014-06-15 00:00:00 - Wiener Festwochen, Vienna - Austria
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Song Cycle for voice and piano (1827)
Poems by Wilhelm Müller
Stage direction and visual creation William Kentridge
Stage design William Kentridge, Sabine Theunissen
Costumes Greta Goiris
Lights Hermann Sorgeloos
Video Editor Snezana Marovic
Video Operator Kim Gunning
Baritone Matthias Goerne
Piano Markus Hinterhaüser
Coproduction Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Wiener Festwochen, Holland Festival, Lincoln Center, Opéra de Lille, Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen / Niedersächsische Musiktage (Hannover) Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg