Tenor Daniel Behle and pianist Sveinung Bjelland have collaborated closely for many years, and their recordings have reaped brilliant reviews in the international press. Together they will perform Die schöne Müllerin, ‘The Miller's Daughter’, a song cycle by Franz Schubert with lyrics by Wilhelm Müller.
The story follows a young journeyman miller in his quest for happiness, and in unrequited love, heartbreak and death. His relationship with the river trickles uninterruptedly throughout the work – he follows the river’s beckoning song, talks to it, and eventually ends his own life by drowning in it. The cycle ends with the river’s lullaby, which tells of the short and emotionally compelled life of the human, and of the eternal beauty of nature.
‘To me, the singing of song cycles is the most intimate and purest form of classical singing. It is my most important catharsis,’ says Behle, who together with Bjelland has performed and recorded several famous song cycles such as Schubert's Winterreise, Johannes Brahm's Die schöne Magelone and Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe.
Picture: Daniel Behle (photo: Marco Borggreve), Sveinung Bjelland (photo: Annamaria Kowalsky)