Proms Feature - Schubert's Sommerreise

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In the spring and summer of 1825, Franz Schubert travelled through Upper Austria, performing recitals and beginning to compose his Great C major Symphony. Poet and German scholar David Constantine retraces this journey to explore the sources of Schubert's passionate depiction of nature and to reflect on how this sunny summer prepared him for the autumn and winter of his short life. With Simon Russell Beale as Schubert and the voices of singer Ian Bostridge, conductor Roger Norrington, Schubert scholars Elizabeth Norman McKay, Nicholas Rast and Marie Agnes-Dietrich and Romantic experts Phillip Brady and Peter Branscombe.