Music: Winterreise - Franz Schubert
  • Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth

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“Scarlata searches out the Platonic essence of what he plans to sing and then uses every attribute at his disposal to create the most appropriate and fully dimensional realisation possible” The Washington Post.

Musica Viva is thrilled to present the Grammy-nominated baritone, Randall Scarlata, performing Schubert’s immortal Winterreise, with Robert Taub, piano. Scarlata and Taub have previously collaborated in performances of Winterreise in the United States and elsewhere in Europe.

When Franz Schubert died in 1828 at age 31, he had composed more than 600 songs. His setting of Wilhelm Müller’s opus of 24 poems entitled ‘Winterreise’ – composed one year before his death when his health was rapidly failing – is his most poignant and mature vocal work. From an autobiographical standpoint, Schubert’s preoccupation with Winterreise was supposed to have depressed him greatly, for it contains elements of his own tragic story.

Winterreise is more than a bleak winter journey. Although on the most literal level, the songs recount the flight of a man rejected in love from his village and his ceaseless wanderings throughout a winter landscape, Winterreise is a metaphor in which the Inner Self – never still – relentlessly seeks universal truth. The journey is motivated by internal drive; the landscapes are more mindscapes than reality.

Everyone is invited to an informal pre-concert talk at 19:00 in which the artists will discuss interpretive elements of their performance. Please join us for this special evening.

Date: Saturday 12 October
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Venue: Sherwell Centre
Ticket information: £12/£10 for Concessions / £5 for students/ free to 18 and under with YAP


19:00 - 19:25:
Pre-concert talk  
19:30 - 21:30: Performance

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Winterreise: Film and Music Series

The films ‘Solaris’ and ‘Amour’ have been selected by Film Programmer Anna Navas, in conversation with Music Director Robert Taub, to create a short series around the Musica Viva performance of Schubert's ‘Winterreise’ with Randall Scarlata on Saturday 12 October.

Screening before and after the performance, the films explore themes of lost love, grief, memory and human frailty and offer a beautiful counterpoint to the moving expression of the themes by the original song cycle.

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The newly-created Musica Viva Concert Series brings internationally acclaimed performers to our Plymouth community to inspire, educate, challenge, and unite audiences by presenting world-class musicians in public concert performances, open rehearsals, and informal talks. 

Musica viva sets the highest standards of artistic excellence with compelling performances that enrich the lives of the widest possible audience – including students – and provide a contextual, comprehensive approach to programming that enables greater musical understanding and appreciation.


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