In the early months of 1827 Franz Schubert was not in good health, and his financial situation was desolate. At this time the composer was living in the Vienna house of his friend Franz von Schober, who placed a small library at his disposal. Here, in the month of February, Schubert discovered in the pages of an almanac for 1823 the cycle of poems Die Winterreise by Wilhelm Müller. Fascinated by these texts - especially as he had already successfully set the same author's cycle Die schöne Müllerin - he quickly began writing music for them. However, the almanac did not print the complete Winterreise as we know it today, just the first twelve poems. It was only in the autumn of 1827 that Schubert found the whole cycle of twenty-four poems in Müller's Gedichte aus den hinterlassenen Papieren eines reisenden Waldhornisten (Poems from the posthumous papers of a travelling horn player), published in 1824. He immediately set these poems too, calling this the 'continuation of Winterreise'. The gloomy climate of the lieder corresponds exactly to Schubert's mood of the period. : Sibylle Kamphues
Schober's Cabinet is the new Canadian duo of Denis Stockhausen Von Ulm on vocals, guitars, bass and organ and Zach Ryl on drums. This is psychedelic music that really sounds like it came straight outta the secret Pink Floyd 1967-68 archives. Recorded in their small studio, with the sound and mix very reminsicent of the era, vintage guitar, the good ol' Farfisa organ accompaniment, and finally featuring a 10 minutes experimental piece at the end with a mesmerizing riff, one may indeed believe it came from the sixties.