By Charles T. Downey
Christoph Prégardien is on a rare American tour, which will bring him to Chicago for a recital in the University of Chicago Presents series on Sunday.
The German tenor spoke via video chat about the program he will perform and what else is keeping him busy in his 60s. The recital will present the same selection of Schubert lieder recorded on his award-winning disc Poetisches Tagebuch, made with Julius Drake, who will also accompany him on tour. The disc is the latest in Prégardien’s extraordinary discography, numbering some 120 recordings by a recent count.
“It’s more than 150 now,” he says with a wry laugh. The idea behind the program of this recent disc, from 2016, is based around Schubert’s nine settings of poetry by Ernst Schulze, composed in 1825 or 1826, forming a sort of cycle that some musicologists have called the “Little Winterreise.”