Sunday, January 6, 2019

Martin Achrainer performs semi-staged Winterreise

Martin Achrainer (photos from artist website)
Austrian barihunk Martin Achrainer will perform Schubert's Winterreise in a staged adaptation by Hermann Schneider in the Black Box space at the Theater am Volksgarten in Linz from January 20-Februarty 24. He'll be joined by Tommaso Lepore on piano.

When Schubert's Winterreise premiered in 1827, the public was perplexed by the piece, finding it too raw, too dark, too hard to digest. Only the famous song Der Lindenbaum found favor. But Schubert was completely sure that he had created a work of importance; no composition seems to have been as important to him as the musical realization of these 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller.  

Martin Achrainer as Don Giovanni:

Of course, today one can't have a serious discussion about great lieder without mentioning Winterreise. The piece's influence on other composers can not be overstated and few baritones having included all or portions of the cycle in their repertoire. 

Tickets are available online

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