“The Wintry Course” by F. Schubert performed by P. Schreier and S. Richter: towards the sources and premises of the innovatory interpretation
The article deals with the little known page of S. Richter’s creative activity as accompanist out of the 1980s. The researcher applies to concert performances of S. Richter with Peter Schreier (1935–2019), a famous German opera singer, one of the best interpreters Lieder in the 20th century. The most significant motifs to predetermine the possibility and necessity of formation the chamber duo P. Schreier – S. Richter are examined. The chosen program of the appropriate concerts (namely vocal cycle “The Wintry Course” by F. Schubert) is defined by the researcher in two aspects: proceeding from composer’s directions and the original interpreting concept belongs to S. Richter. The author of the article describes the concert performances of Schubert’s cycle in Dresden, Moscow and Prague. The most probable reasons to predestine the scanty elucidation these performances by the musical critique of “perestroika” period in our country are exposed. Besides that some artistic-conceptual sources of innovatory “The Wintry Course” perusal to be proposed by the duo P. Schreier – S. Richter and provoked the ingenious associations with musical expressionism are emphasized. In particular the analogous repertoire “accents” peculiar to S. Richter’s solo and chamber instrumental programs of the 1970–1980s are mentioned. His obvious inclination to “dramatizing” of romantic lyricism performance interpretation is established. The researcher draws the parallel to “The Wintry Course” interpretation suggested in the book “Following in the Tracks of Songs by Schubert” by D. Fischer-Dieskau, the artistic partner of S. Richter in the sphere of chamber vocal performing art during many years. The author of the article stresses on the unity of conceptual approach to interpreting Lieder to be realized for a period of S. Richter’s concert performances with D. Fischer-Dieskau and P. Schreier. This approach finds the convincing “summarized” realization in the interpreting perusal of Schubert’s vocal cycle.
S. Richter, art of accompanying, performing interpretation, P. Schreier, vocal cycle “The Wintry Course” by F. Schubert, Austrian and German Lied of the 19th century, D. Fischer-Dieskau.
Ponomareva E. “The Wintry Course” by F. Schubert performed by P. Schreier and S. Richter: towards the sources and premises of the innovatory interpretation // South-Russian Musical Anthology. 2021. No. 3. Pp. 110–117.