Ian Bostridge is an opera singer and a song recitalist. He is the author of Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession.
 (April 2015)

IN THE REVIEW

The Magic in Schubert’s Songs

Gustav Klimt: Schubert at the Piano, 1899; destroyed by fire in May 1945

Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs

by Graham Johnson
Unlike Beethoven, Schubert wrote song compulsively, and achieved mastery in it as a teenager. It was as a composer of song that he first became famous; and his fecundity and sophistication in that genre, his gift for melody and his grasp of harmonic drama, both inner and outer, in turn lifted its status.