Ian Bostridge, Tenor & Thomas Adès, Piano
Thursday, October 20, 2016 | 8:00 pm
The celebrated English tenor Ian Bostridge sings “as if from inside the music, as if he has found a way to produce pure, disembodied emotion,” declares the Los Angeles Times. This great lieder singer is joined at Duke Performances by the famed composer and pianist Thomas Adès, whom The New York Times praised as “one of the most accomplished and complete musicians of his generation.”
What makes Bostridge and Adès’ collaboration a true blockbuster is the piece that brings them together: Winterreise, Schubert’s depiction of a winter journey across a landscape of lost love. This work is a lifelong obsession for Bostridge; Adès, a musical polymath like Bostridge, will bring the profound understanding to Schubert’s piano part that only another master composer can. When these two titans first joined forces, the Telegraph raved, “this was without doubt the most extraordinary, riveting, uncanny performance of Schubert’s great song-cycle I have ever witnessed.” Their performance in Durham, one of only a few in the United States, promises to be one of the can’t-miss events of the season.
Schubert: Winterreise, D. 911