Franz Schubert's Winterreise, a cycle of 24 songs for voice and piano on poems by Wilhelm Müller, is not only considered the highlight of Schubert's song oeuvre, but also the pinnacle of German art song in general. In 24 snapshots, Schubert reflects in his music the mood of a lost, wounded and lonely character. Few works of art have expressed the existential, the torn nature of being human in such a harrowing way. The German composer Hans Zender arranged the cycle in 1993 under the title: Schubert's Winterreise - a composed interpretation. Zender's version for tenor and small orchestra is far more than a simple orchestration. It exposes the cycle's potential for disturbance in a way that is as sensitive as it is radical, and it approaches Wilhelm Müller's poems in its own unique way.
Mauro Peter, whose lyrical tenor moves very smoothly and seamlessly through all registers and is able to draw wide arcs, will also draw on the full in his interpretation of Winterreise. Don't miss the free live stream on Saturday, 13th of February 2021 on the website of the Zürich Opera House. Here, Mauro Peter gives you a look behind the scenes.
Hans Zender: Schubert's Winterreise - a composed interpretation