Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin

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Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin
Iestyn Davies (counter-tenor) Joseph Middleton (piano)

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Release Date: Friday 21 January 2022

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Renowned performers Iestyn Davies and Joseph Middleton perform Schubert's tragic song- cycle Die schöne Müllerin (The Beautiful Maid of the Mill). Adapting poetry by Wilhelm Müller, the genesis of D. 795 marks the beginning of the end of Schubert's life; he discovered that he had contracted syphilis sometime in late 1822 or early 1823, and it was in 1823 that he composed this tale of a poet-singer who dies in the aftermath of erotic experience.

Released under the own label of St John's College, Cambridge, this recording acts as a celebration of Iestyn Davies's formative period at the college; beginning there as a 7-year-old probationer in 1987, he progressed to become Head Chorister, before ultimately returning to study as a choral scholar. Alongside full texts and translations, the booklet includes a background on the work by noted Lied expert Susan Youens, as well as reflections on Iestyn's time at St John's from the College's past and present Directors of Music - Christopher Robinson and Andrew Nethsingha.