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Donald Macleod considers the challenges encountered by Schubert as he tried to carve a career for himself.

Viennese composer Franz Schubert is best known not only for the remarkable quantity and quality of songs he produced in his short life but for some of the most popular chamber music ever written. Donald Macleod introduces a selection of music from across the range of Schubert's prodigious output and reflects on the colourful but ill-fated life of this complex character. Though Vienna in the early 19th century was bursting with musical entertainment, money-making opportunities were few and far between for a budding composer. In the first programme Donald looks at the challenges encountered by Schubert as he tried to carve a career for himself and introduces works performed by the family and friends who did so much to help spread his name.

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Mon 27 Jun 2011 18:30

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  • Franz Schubert

    An die Musik D.547

    Performer: Bryn TERFEL(Baritone) Performer: Malcolm MARTINEAU(Piano)

    • Deutsche Grammophon : 445 294 2.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 445-294-2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Erlkonig D.328

    Performer: Bryn TERFEL(Baritone) Performer: Malcolm MARTINEAU(Piano)

    • Deutsche Grammophon : 445 294 2.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 445-294-2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Quartet in B flat major D.112 for strings

    Performer: Takacs String Quartet

    • Hungaroton : Hcd 123902.
    • HUNGAROTON.
    • HCD-123902.
  • Franz Schubert

    Geist der Liebe (Der Abend schleiert) [2nd version] D.747 for 2 tenors, 2 basses and piano

    Performer: John Mark AINSLEY(Tenor) Performer: Jamie MACDOUGALL(Tenor) Performer: Simon KEENLYSIDE(Baritone) Performer: Michael GEORGE(Bass) Performer: Graham JOHNSON(Piano)

    • Hyperion : Cdj 33028.
    • HYPERION.
    • CDJ-33028.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony no. 5 in B flat major D.485

    Conductor: Nikolaus HARNONCOURT Performer: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

    • Apex : 0927 40840 2.
    • APEX.
    • 0927-40840-2.

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