Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Dona Nobis Pacem

Donald Macleod on how in 1828 Schubert's attention was taken first with the touring violin virtuoso Paganini and then his own faith, as he composed the last setting of the Mass.

Donald Macleod continues his journey through Franz Schubert's final year of life - and the towering late masterpieces he composed.

There are few composers whose genius is so fertile that you can make a whole week of programmes from a single year of their life. Yet even by Franz Schubert's remarkably prolific standards, his last 12 months were utterly extraordinary. As his body entered terminal decline through a mixture of alcoholism and syphilis, masterpiece upon masterpiece poured from his pen: the String Quintet in C, the delirious last three piano sonatas, his Mass in E flat, the last collection of lieder, posthumously titled "Swansong" - and many more besides. This week Donald Macleod takes us through the last year of Schubert's tragically foreshortened life and death at the age of only 31.

As spring turns to summer in 1828, Schubert's attention is taken first with the touring violin virtuoso Paganini, and then his own deep Christian faith, as he composes the last - and possibly finest - setting of the Mass.

Psalm 92, D953
Elmar Schoter, baritone
Capella Bavariae
Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor

Rondeau in A, D951
Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, piano duet

Sanctus; Benedictus; Agnus Dei (Mass in E flat, D950)
Susan Gritton, soprano, Pamela Helen Stephen, mezzo-soprano, Mark Padmore, tenor, James Gilchrist, tenor, Matthew Rose, bass
Collegium Musicum 90
Richard Hickox, conductor

In der ferne; Abschied (Schwanengesang)
Christoph Prégardien, tenor
Andreas Staier, piano.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Psalm 92, D953

    Performer: Wolfgang Sawallisch. Choir: Capella Bavariae.
    • WARNER CLASSICS: 0284742.
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
    • 22.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rondo in A major D.951

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON : 477-857.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 14.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sanctus; Benedictus; Agnus Dei (Mass in E Flat, D950)

    Singer: Susan Gritton. Singer: Mark Padmore. Singer: James Gilchrist. Orchestra: Collegium Musicum 90.
    • CHACONNE : CHAN-0750.
    • CHACONNE.
    • 6.
  • Franz Schubert

    In der ferne; Abschied (Schwanengesang)

    Performer: Andreas Staier. Singer: Christoph Prégardien.
    • CHALLENGE CLASSICS: CC72302.
    • CHALLENGE CLASSICS.
    • 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fugue in E Minor, D952

    Performer: Yaara Tal. Performer: Andreas Groethuysen.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : SK-68243.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • 11.

Broadcasts

Composers A to Z

Composers A to Z

Visit the extensive audio archive of Radio 3 programmes about Composers and their works.

A man out of time – why Parry's music and ideas were at odds with his image...

A man out of time – why Parry's music and ideas were at odds with his image...

The composer of Jerusalem was very far from the conservative figure his image suggests.

Five reasons why we love Parry's Jerusalem

Five reasons why we love Parry's Jerusalem

What is the strange power of Jerusalem which makes strong men weep?

Composer Help Page

Composer Help Page

Find resources and contacts for composers from within the classical music industry.