Schubert Song Cycles at City Hall

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THE city is about to obtain a masterclass in classical music as an Austrian baritone and Scottish pianist get together to perform.

Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau are bringing Schubert’s Song Cycles to the masses in a series of performances, beginning tonight, at the City Halls.

Boesch and Martineau have become experts in the Song Cycles having studied the works for a great many years and have brought a tremendous drama and pathos to the great man’s compositions.

On the Saturday, Boesch will host a masterclass with students from the RSC, sharing his knowledge and experience.

The Austrian is one of the greatest, living interpretors of Schubert’s songs — and an enthusiastic speaker on them. The first two songs in the cycles — Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise — are complete opposite pieces of music: the former set among woods, fields and waterways and evokes a sense of flourishing nature, while the latter is an epic, icy, northerly journey through desolate landscapes towards madness.

The Song Cycles begins tonight and continues until Sunday, with Saturday earmarked for the masterclass.

Tickets are £15 per performance and £5 for the Saturday class.