Magazine article The New Yorker

Deep Freeze

Magazine article The New Yorker

Deep Freeze

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Deep Freeze

Explorations of the richness, and the relevance, of Schubert.

The tenor Ian Bostridge stars in an ambitious reconception of Schubert's song cycle "Winterreise."

In the past several years, the music of Franz Schubert has captivated classical-music programmers in New York and elsewhere. His appeal to audiences has never been in doubt, as his song cycles, piano sonatas, and string quartets parade across our stages at a constant clip. But he seems to walk among us now, as Mozart did in the nineteen-eighties and early nineties, and as Shostakovich did for some years after that. Schubert's unprecedented lyrical sensitivity, his revelatory harmonic wanderings, and even his insecure craftsmanship seem especially apt for a moment in which classical music is becoming more of an "indie" venture.

This summer, specialized programming intensifies the Schubert trend. "Schubert's Summer Journey," a miniseries of six concerts curated by the eminent pianist Emanuel Ax, is under way at Tanglewood; upcoming events include two Thursday evenings (Aug. 3 and Aug. 17) in which Ax and Yo-Yo Ma are joined by such artists as the violinist Colin Jacobsen and the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart efforts are more wide-ranging. Trio Solisti makes its festival debut in a late-night concert at the Kaplan Penthouse centered on the sublime Piano Trio No. 1 in B-Flat Major (Aug. 15); at the David Rubenstein Atrium, the cool kids of the International Contemporary Ensemble offer a free "Schubertiade Remix" (Aug. …

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