‘An Die Musik’ Schubert: A Celebration
Franz Schubert’s art penetrates and illuminates aspects of the human condition that speak instantly to listeners. ‘A man is not taken away before he has said all he has to say,’ reflected Hugo Wolf on Schubert’s death at the age of 31. The observation is fully supported by the evidence of the Viennese composer’s work, its enduring power to transcend mundane cares and touch the souls of listeners with its unique poetic eloquence.
Wigmore Hall’s association with Schubert dates from its earliest years. Die schöne Müllerin was introduced to British audiences here in 1903 and the Hall has since hosted performances by a voluminous ‘Who’s Who’ of the greatest Schubert interpreters. The long tradition continues to develop this season with an extensive exploration of the composer’s songs, keyboard works and chamber music, including a complete cycle of the piano sonatas performed by Imogen Cooper and a rare chance to hear all fifteen of Schubert’s string quartets from the Cuarteto Casals.
Songs of Taking Leave and of TravelThursday 25 July 2013 - 7:30 PM