Song's first cycle

The creation of the song cycle as an art form was paved with musical experiments and innovations. Robin Tritschler and Malcolm Martineau here chart the progress made by the great Lied composers of the day toward the cyclical perfection finally achieved by Beethoven and Schubert, and since emulated by Schumann, Loewe, Wolf, Fauré, Britten, Shostakovich and so many others.

SIGCD587  82 minutes 29 seconds (2 discs)
BBC Music Magazine