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Ian Bostridge: The Tenor Reflects on a Life with Schubert's Winterreise and His New Recording with Thomas Ades

Magazine article Gramophone

Ian Bostridge: The Tenor Reflects on a Life with Schubert's Winterreise and His New Recording with Thomas Ades

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You've lived with Winterreise for many years, including writing a book about your obsession with it. Do you see this recording as a culmination of your experience with this music?

I don't think that Winterreise is a piece that achieves culmination or consummation. It resists closure even in its structure and. like most great pieces of music, a definitive performance is not achievable or even desirable. There's a constant tension in the piece between beauty and ugliness, between the musical and the dramatic, between surface and depth.

With Thomas Ades you have re-examined the score in great depth, and this leads to some surprising details in performance. Was this as revelatory to you as it sounds from this new recording?

Some of the details recovered from the manuscript were indeed revelatory. But performance itself creates new discoveries, both in relation to the verbal and the musical text. Any performance is the result of a confluence of text and actuality, the written and the moment. …

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