- Winterreise, song cycle for voice & piano, D. 911 (Op. 89)
- Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957
- An die ferne Geliebte, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 98
- Die schöne Müllerin, song cycle, for voice & piano, D. 795 (Op. 25)
Orchid Classics has reissued three albums of art songs of Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven, as performed by James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook, which were originally released between 2010 and 2012. Gilchrist is known for his smooth, lyrical tenor voice, which is light and ardent, and Tilbrook provides sympathetic and understated accompaniment, fully attuned to the singer's nuances and the subtleties of the music. Schubert's three song cycles, "Die schöne Müllerin," "Die Winterreise," and "Schwanengesang" are packaged with Beethoven's "An die ferne Geliebte," and taken together, these songs represent the highpoint of Romantic lieder, so Gilchrist and Tilbrook treat them with the proper amount of respect while adding their own emotional expressions. The feelings of youthful innocence and barely constrained passions are central to these interpretations, and even the cold, grim songs of "Schwanengesang" are gently treated, without a trace of bitterness or horror. While traditionalists may feel the overall coloration of Gilchrist's singing is too bright in tone for the darkest of Schubert's songs, perhaps preferring the richer baritone of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, these recordings present valid interpretations that make the music sound fresh and spontaneous.