Is anything more romantic than La Belle Meunière, the lieder cycle composed by Schubert in 1823? A touch of candour, a soupcon of finesse and a pinch of folklore make up the ingredients of Wilhelm Müller's twenty poems, transcended by the melodic workings of the composer of 600 lieder. From one text to the next, a lovers' intrigue unfolds in a bucolic atmosphere, where typical country characters blend with ardent descriptions of streams, the dawn and dried flowers.
The fluid, silky playing of Jan Schultsz accompanies the mischievous, meditative voice of the tenor Ian Bostridge. This renowned specialist in musical history is a sensation in the world of the lied, thanks to his vocal talent, combined with the mastery of his repertoire and the “precise, affirmed tone” of his performances (Le Monde).