Top 10 song-cycles (with piano)

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Gramophone Magazine writes: Beethoven may have invented the song-cycle but Schubert raised it to extraordinary heights of expression and beauty

Beethoven, with his An die ferne Geliebte, may have invented the concept of the song-cycle (a group of songs linked by a theme, and usually a poet, that are performed as a sequence without a break), but the composer who raised it to extraordinary heights of expression and beauty was Schubert. Here are some of the greatest of all song-cycles with piano accompaniment in some of the finest recordings ever made.

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