This week on BBC Radio 3, Schubert’s famous song cycle Die schöne Müllerin, based on poems by Wilhelm Müller, was the focus of ‘Building a Library’¹. Laura Tunbridge delivered a fascinating and insightful analysis of the best of the many versions available. Currently you can catch up with her review here. Her top choice was by Mauro Peter (tenor), & Helmut Deutsch (piano) on the Wigmore Hall Live label.
Our personal favourite, a version by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, at the peak of his powers, with one of the all-time great accompanists Gerald Moore was also recommended. It is currently available on Warner Classics.
¹ Note that there is a list of all of BBC Radio3’s ‘Building a Library’ recommendations from 1999-2015 available here.