Florian Boesch & Malcolm Martineau, 25 août 2016 11:00, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Boesch & Martineau perform Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin.
Austrian baritone Florian Boesch gained a 2015 Grammy nomination for his disc of Schubert’s heartrending song cycle Die schöne Müllerin, hailed as one of the most powerful Lieder recordings of recent years.
Boesch brings his provocative, highly dramatic account to the Queen’s Hall with regular collaborator, eminent Lieder pianist Malcolm Martineau, who joins the baritone in a radical rethinking of the work.
Through an outpouring of dramatic songs, Die schöne Müllerin tells the story of a young man who falls in love with a beautiful miller’s daughter, only to be rejected and supplanted in her affections, then to consider taking his own life. It’s generally considered the quintessential Romantic song cycle of unrequited love, but Boesch’s seething performance transforms the work into an uncompromising dissection of male vulnerability.
Florian Boesch is considered one of today’s most gripping, dramatic singers, truly inhabiting the songs he performs, and unflinchingly exploring emotional extremes.