Performance Friday, May 9, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Florian Boesch
Malcolm Martineau

Weill Recital Hall
When rising baritone Florian Boesch and gifted pianist Malcolm Martineau last met in recital, “the reception was tremendous, with the audience calling the pair of them back to the platform again and again” (The Guardian). Expect the same when the pair performs Schubert's timeless Winterreise in Weill Recital Hall.

This concert is part of Salon Encores.


  • Florian Boesch, Baritone
  • Malcolm Martineau, Piano


  • SCHUBERT Winterreise

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.


  • Florian Boesch

    Austrian baritone Florian Boesch was born in Vienna, where he received his initial vocal training from Ruthilde Boesch. In 1997, he began studies at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna, concentrating on the fields of lieder and oratorio with his teacher Robert Holl. He subsequently appeared with the Vienna Chamber Opera and has since been heard in a number of Mozart and Handel operas at international venues.

    Mr. Boesch is counted as one of today's foremost lieder interpreters, with appearances at Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Edinburgh International Festival, Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, Schwetzinger Festival, and Philharmonie Luxembourg, as well as in the US and Canada. Accompanied by Malcolm Martineau, he performed the complete Schubert cycle in Glasgow.

    Operatic engagements have taken him to renowned venues and festivals, including the Salzburg Festival (Così fan tutte), Theater an der Wien (world premiere of a staged version of Handel's Messiah), Hamburg State Opera (Radamisto), Handel Festival in Halle, Bregenz Festival, and Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre (Die Zauberflöte). Mr. Boesch has also worked with John Malkovich in The Giacomo Variations. In 2011, Mr. Boesch successfully debuted in the title role of Wozzeck at the Cologne Opera, where he was acclaimed as one of the best-ever interpreters of the role.

    The baritone is also a frequent guest on concert stages, including Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Berlin's Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Barbican Centre, and the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, as well as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Théâtre du Châtelet, and Sydney Opera House.

    Mr. Boesch regularly works with such conductors as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Roger Norrington, Ádám Fischer, Franz Welser-Möst, Christian Thielemann, and Philippe Herreweghe. He has performed with renowned orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

    Florian Boesch's recordings of Schubert's Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin with pianist Malcolm Martineau were released on the Onyx Classics label.

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  • Malcolm Martineau

    Recognized as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, Malcolm Martineau has worked with many of the world's greatest singers, including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Della Jones, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kožená, Solveig Kringelborn, Jonathan Lemalu, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Karita Mattila, Lisa Milne, Ann Murray, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Michael Schade, Frederica von Stade, Sarah Walker, and Bryn Terfel.

    Mr. Martineau has presented his own series at Wigmore Hall and at the Edinburgh International Festival. He has appeared throughout Europe at the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London; La Scala in Milan; Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona; Berlin's Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; Amsterdam's Concertgebouw; and Vienna's Konzerthaus and Musikverein. He has also performed in New York's Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall; at the Sydney Opera House in Australia; and at the Aix-en-Provence, Vienna, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, and Salzburg festivals.

    Recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann, and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel (Deutsche Grammophon); Schubert and Strauss recitals with Simon Keenlyside (EMI); recital records with Angela Gheorghiu and Barbara Bonney (Decca), Magdalena Kožená (Deutsche Grammophon), Della Jones (Chandos), Susan Bullock (Crear Classics), Solveig Kringelborn (NMA), and Amanda Roocroft (Onyx); the complete Fauré songs with Sarah Walker and Tom Krause; the complete Britten folk songs (Hyperion); the complete Beethoven folk songs (Deutsche Grammophon); the complete Poulenc songs (Signum); the Britten song cycles (Onyx); and Schubert's Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin with Florian Boesch (Onyx).

    This season's engagements include appearances with Simon Keenlyside, Dorothea Röschmann, Susan Graham, Michael Schade, Thomas Oliemans, Kate Royal, Christiane Karg, Florian Boesch, and Anne Schwanewilms.

    Born in Edinburgh, Mr. Martineau studied at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music. He was a given an honorary doctorate at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004, and appointed an international fellow of accompaniment in 2009. Mr. Martineau was the artistic director of the 2011 Leeds Lieder festival.

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Schubert's Wintereisse ("Der Leiermann")
Florian Boesch, Baritone | Malcolm Martineau, Piano

At a Glance

One of Franz Schubert's greatest masterpieces is his mammoth song cycle (a succession of 24 songs) entitled Winterreise, or Winter Journey, composed in 1827 on poems by a Prussian poet named Wilhelm Müller (1794-1827). In this bleakly beautiful confrontation with ultimate things, a wayfarer who has been rejected in love goes on a quest through the wintry landscape of his soul in search of reasons for his difference from other human beings.

Along the way, he ponders the nature of his journey—a symbol of life itself from Homer on—and heroically but unsuccessfully attempts to put aside his grief in order to continue living. He is tempted by inner voices proffering death in the fifth song ("The Linden Tree") but never attempts suicide, although he longs for death with increasing fervor as the journey continues. Throughout, he probes his inner self for answers to his questions about existence, and the questions finally lead to a grim epiphany in the 20th song ("The Signpost"), in which he recognizes a stark and awful fate. At the end, he sees himself in the hallucinatory image of a hurdy-gurdy player, grinding away at his instrument despite the fact that no one can hear him.

In early 19th-century Europe, songs were generally considered to be trifles intended for amateur music making at home. Schubert, his ambitions monumental from the start, would not have it that way and composed two song cycles on poetry by Müller (Die schöne Müllerin, or The Beautiful Miller Maid of 1823 is the other), whose depth and breadth are audible to all with ears, eyes, and hearts. Never again would anyone be able to say that "song" was not the equal of symphonies, operas, or string quartets in profundity.
Program Notes
This concert is made possible, in part, by the A. L. and Jennie L. Luria Foundation.
This performance is part of Great Singers III: Evenings of Song.

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