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Tom Service and Sara Mohr-Pietsch present performances of Schubert's late great works: Sonata in B flat, D960; Three Piano Pieces, D946; Schwanengesang; Quintet in C, D956.

On the final evening of The Spirit of Schubert, Tom Service and Sara Mohr-Pietsch present performances of Schubert's late, great works by some of the world's fore-most interpreters of Schubert's music.

In a recording of a recital from the world famous Schubertiad in Schwarzenberg in Austria, pianist Paul Lewis performs three works Schubert wrote in the spring before he died, but left untitled and weren't published until 40 years after his death. The Three Piano Pieces D946 written in the spring before he died.

Baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber recorded at Wigmore Hall in London, perform the collection of songs published just months after his death, and given the title Schwanengesang or Swan Song.

The Takacs Quartet are joined by cellist Jan Vogler in their performance of Schubert's final chamber work. Composed just two months before Schubert's death, this performance of his sublime String Quintet in C D956. was recorded at last spring's Schwetzingen Festival.

Alfred Brendel introduces his performance of Schubert's final Piano Sonata in B flat D960. Written in the last months of his life, Brendel says of the sonata that this final one could be called the most beautiful and moving, the most resigned and harmoniously balanced.

Schubert: Three Piano Pieces D.946
Paul Lewis (Piano)

Schubert: Schwanengesang - song cycle D.957
Christian Gerhaher (Baritone), Gerold Huber (Piano)

Schubert: Quintet in C major D.956 for 2 violins, viola and 2 cellos
Takacs Quartet, Jan Vogler (cello)

Schubert: Sonata in B flat major D.960 for piano
Alfred Brendel (piano).

3 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    D.946 3 Pieces for piano (D.946)

  • Franz Schubert

    D.957 Schwanengesang - song-cycle for voice and piano (D.957)

  • Franz Schubert

    D.960 Sonata for piano (D.960) in B flat major

  • Franz Schubert

    D.956 Quintet for 2 violins, viola and 2 cellos (D.956) in C major

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