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4.0 out of 5 stars
it's best read with Spotify to hand, 6 Feb. 2015
A lively, personal, highly divergent exploration of Winterreise and, especially, the world out of which it arose. You never quite know where the discussion of a song will go - part of the book's fascination but occasionally a source of frustration, with too much detail on a minor idea. It's a book that repeatedly sends you off to explore intriguing avenues for yourself - in art, history, literature, philiosophy, as well as music. Bostridge offers many insights into interpreting and performing the work: it's best read with Spotify to hand, allowing immediate access to Bostridge's own reading and those of numerous other interpretations - including the weird version with a hurdygurdy accompaniment!