Barry Douglas (piano) in Schumann: Sonata No 1 in F sharp minor; Mendelssohn: String Quintet No 2. Michael D'Arcy, Sarah Sexton (violins), Paul Neubauer, David Strange (violas).
Radio 3 at the Summer Festivals
Presented by Sean Rafferty.
In a concert given at the 2009 Clandeboye Festival, Barry Douglas plays Schumann's Sonata No 1 in F sharp minor, which was dedicated to the composer's wife, Clara. It was written from the viewpoint of Florestan and Eusebius, both of whom represent two sides of Schumann's personality - Florestan, the vigorous and turbulent side, and Eusebius, the more reflective. Festival musicians then perform Mendelssohn's Second String Quintet, which was composed in 1845, just two years before the composer's death.
Schumann: Sonata No 1 in F sharp minor
Barry Douglas (piano)
Mendelssohn: String Quintet No 2 in B flat, Op 87
Michael D'Arcy, Sarah Sexton (violins)
Paul Neubauer, David Strange (violas)
Andres Diaz (cello).