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Ian Bostridge: born to sing Lieder

The singer has been performing his greatest obsession for more than 30 years

By Sameer Rahim  

Songs of life, death, love and the landscape

Ian Bostridge has been singing Franz Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey) for more than 30 years. In 1997, he was filmed by David Alden performing the song cycle in a entrancing film shot like a New Romantic pop video. He had just published an absorbing 500-page musical-cultural analysis of what he describes as “the first and greatest of concept albums.” Not for nothing does he subtitle his book Winter Journey an Anatomy of an Obsession.

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