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|Franz Schubert - Winterreise / Over the Top with Franz|
Actors: Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake
Director: David Alden
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Winterreise: A unique dramatisation of Schubert s terrifying and deeply-moving portrayal of human desolation. Studio sets, actors, costumes and props lend the song cycle a new close-up dynamism, extend its interpretative p... more »
Zarathustra | Sacramento, CA USA | 04/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Franz Schubert - Winterreise / Over the Top with Franz Schubert completed the song cycle Winterreise, based on songs by Wilhelm Muller, in October of 1827 at the age of 30, one year before his death. He was to complete his Ninth Symphony (D 944) in his last year, as well as the String Quintet in C major (D 956) and the sad and lovely last three piano sonatas (D 958, 959 and 960).
Schubert was a sick man when he composed Winterreise: this is composition by a man who knew he did not have long to live. This riveting and unconventional DVD with Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake performing and directed by David Alden gives a vivid interpretation of Schubert's state of mind during his last year. Highly recommended.
Despite his short lifetime, Schubert composed over 600 lieder. This song cycle and his last three piano sonatas are my favorites.
Just one note of caution: the English translation on this DVD gives Lindenbaum as Oak Tree. The Lindenbaum is a large flowering deciduous tree of the genus Tilia famous in German poetry and song. The grandest boulevard in Berlin is named Unter den Linden. The most common translations of Lindenbaum are Linden Tree or (mostly in England) Lime Tree.