Chamber Works: No sense of an ending - Franz Schubert's Final Year

Tuesday 1 August 2017

Recital Hall West

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney NSW

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Benjamin Britten, a devoted Schubertian, described the last twelve months of Franz Schubert’s life as the ‘most miraculous year in the history of music’. This was a period of declining health for the composer, but of great productivity and development in all genres of his music. After the great achievement of Winterreise (1827), Schubert continued to produce songs, and fourteen of them were gathered together in a posthumous collection entitled Schwanengesang (‘Swan Song’) by his publisher. This recital looks at this crucial period in the development of the Lieder genre and includes other songs of 1828: “Auf dem Strom” is a stirring, yet contemplative, work for voice, horn and piano, while “Der Winterabend” is an extended meditation on nature in the vein of many other Schubert nature songs.



Michael Halliwell – baritone

David Miller – piano



Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)

Der Winterabend (D938)


Kriegers Ahnung


Herbst (D 945)



In der Ferne


Auf dem Strom (D943)

Der Atlas

Ihr Bild

Das Fischermädchen

Die Stadt

Am Meer

Der Doppelgänger

Die Taubenpost