Composed a year before his death , the cycle Winterreise is perhaps the most beautiful set of songs by Franz Schubert. The composer then a lonely man in Vienna in the early nineteenth century , little known and sidelined by the success of its business model : Beethoven . He lives in sickness , loneliness and the fear of death . Through the poems of Wilhelm Müller , Schubert identifies with this character wounded by unrequited love and lonely journey in the winter. By its density and drama , the work exceeds anything that Schubert produced in the genre. More he senses death approaches him , his music became more profound and moving. Kwangchul Youn is one of the finest bass voices of our time, including its famous Wagnerian incarnations on stage at the Bayreuth Festival , the Metropolitan Opera in New York ... His art shades and deep musicality, put at the service of lieder Schubert, should deeply touch the heart of the audience.