Playing: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - Mass for 4 voices & basso continuo by Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer
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Schubert had suffered from a form of manic depression for most of his adult life but his mood swings became more extreme when he contracted syphilis at the age of 25, a disease from which he would never recover. Donald Macleod introduces two works written after this dramatic change in Schubert's circumstances - a turbulent piano work and a string quartet which demonstrates a new emotional maturity and a quality of sadness even in the music's happiest moments.

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Thu 30 Jun 2011 18:30

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