DVD + Blu-Ray:
Winterreise – A ballet by Christian Spuck

Author: Accentus Music

Accentus Music releases Hans Zender’s composed interpretation of Schubert’s “Winterreise” in the choreography by Christian Spuck on DVD and Blu-ray.

  • ACC10545/ACC20545 Front cover | Copyright: © Accentus Music

    ACC10545/ACC20545 Front cover © Accentus Music

  • Winterreise | Copyright: © Gregory Batardon

    Winterreise © Gregory Batardon

  • Winterreise | Copyright: © Gregory Batardon

    Winterreise © Gregory Batardon

Franz Schubert’s 'Winterreise', a cycle of 24 songs for voice and piano set to poems by Wilhelm Müller, is not only regarded as the zenith of Schubert’s song composition, but as the pinnacle of German art song in its entirety. German composer Hans Zender arranged the cycle in 1993 with the title: „Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’ – a composed interpretation“. Zender’s version for tenor and chamber orchestra reveals the cycle’s potential to disturb, and approaches Wilhelm Müller’s poems in its own way. Zender pushes into the darkest regions of human existence. With his interpretation, he brings to light emotions that pulsate just beneath the surface in Schubert’s work, uncovering the uncanny layers in the depths of the music.

Like Hans Zender, Christian Spuck’s production, which was awarded the renowned «Prix Benois de la Danse» in 2019, concerns itself less with illustrating the external stations of the traveller’s journey. Instead, it approaches the cycle with thoroughly comprehensive abstraction. Using a mixture of large ensemble scenes and intimate solo images, Christian Spuck undertakes a journey into the innermost self. As he does so, he explores such timeless themes as love, longing, alienation, and abandonment, allowing the medium of dance to provide new perspectives on one of the greatest works of classical music.

Hans Zender
Schubert’s „Winterreise“

A ballet by Christian Spuck

Ballett Zürich
Philharmonia Zürich
Mauro Peter, tenor
Benjamin Schneider, conductor

ACC10545 (BD) / ACC20545 (DVD)

Production Company Accentus Music GmbH
Assoc. Prod. Company SWR/Arte
Assoc. Producer Opernhaus Zürich
English title of music work Schubert's "Winterreise" - A composed interpretation
Composer Hans Zender
Choreography by Christian Spuck
Dance Company Ballett Zürich
Orchestra / Band Philharmonia Zürich
Conductor Benjamin Schneider
Soloist Mauro Peter



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