On Monday Ian Bostridge received the Essay Book Prize from the Association Professionnelle de la Critique Théâtre Musique et Danse for the French edition of his book Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession. Published by Faber and Faber, the book has so far been translated into 12 languages and won numerous awards, including the The Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize for non-fiction writing. In January 2018, publishers Actes Sud released the book in French, titled Le Voyage d’hiver de Schubert, for which Ian will received the prize on Monday.
The book has received considerable attention since its publication in 2015, and was highly reviewed upon its release:
“In the book, he inhabits not only the work, but the man. And — his most important achievement in writing it — it sends you scurrying back to the music.”
Dan Cairns, The Sunday Times, 28 December 2014
“Illuminating and comprehensive . . . rich, highly readable.”
Kirkus Reviews / November 2014 issue
“an impressive success: a long-gestated, intensely enjoyable study of Schubert’s Winterreise”
Literary Review, Rupert Christiansen, December 2014
The English language version of the book is available here.
Ian performed a recital of works by Wolf at the Wigmore Hall last Sunday, accompanied by Julius Drake. Ahead of the performance, he dropped in on the BBC In Tune studio, performing with pianist Chritsopher Glynn. The programme is available to listen on demand for another 23 days.