This year’s special edition of the Oxford Lieder Festival embarks on the ambitious challenge of performing every song written by Franz Schubert – enough music to fill 40 discs. Founder and artistic director of the festival, Sholto Kynoch, has programmed leading lieder singers for his “Schubert Project”, including an impressive list of 10 Hazard Chase Artists: James Gilchrist, William Dazeley, Sophie Daneman, Sophie Junker, Adrian Thompson, Katherine Watson, Victor Sicard, Charles Daniels, Mark Wilde and Daniel Norman.
Sophie Daneman, who will perform Schubert’s Settings of Goethe and Schiller at the Holywell Music Room on 22 and 27 October, writes in the October edition of Classical Music Magazine, “The more I sing the songs the more I’m aware of the sheer depth of intelligence of the man. I’m sure that will be crystal clear across the festival. It shows in the way he chooses his texts and the way he handles them. You feel he could turn his hand to any type of song, any style.”
The Schubert Project begins with Friday 10 October’s Opening Concert, with performances right through until 1 November.