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Friends and unfinished business

Donald Macleod looks into Schubert's friendships and focuses on the year 1820. Music includes two of his unfinished works, his Quartettsatz in C minor, D703, and oratorio Lazarus.

This week of programmes about Franz Schubert focuses on five years through his short life, and features one of his string quartets every day.

Today the focus is on the year 1820, when Schubert was aged 23. Donald Macleod looks into Schubert's friendships, people who rallied round helping him out, including paying his rent whilst he worked on establishing himself as a freelance composer. However, some of his friends cheerfully began calling him "The Tyrant" due to Schubert's tendency to occasionally respond to these kindnesses harshly; they began to see a different side to his nature.

Music featured includes an extract from two unfinished works, his oratorio Lazarus and the Quartet Movement in C minor. Plus we hear one of the best loved of all Schubert's Goethe settings, Erlkönig,which was first performed in this year, and the glorious Song of the Spirits Over the Waters.

Erlkönig, D 328
Jessye Norman, soprano, Phillip Moll, piano

Lazarus (Act II - end at chorus)
Martin Egel, baritone (Simon)
Martyn Hill, tenor (Nathanael)
Choeurs de Radio France
Jacques Jouineau, chorus master
Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Theodor Guschlbauer, conductor

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D 703 (Quartettsatz)
Doric Quartet

Psalm 23, D 706
Det Norske Solistkor
Grete Pedersen, conductor
Ingrid Andsnes, piano

Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, D 714
Det Norske Solistkor
Grete Pedersen, conductor
Catherine Bullock and Madelene Berg, viola,
Øystein Birkeland and Ole Eirik Ree, cello
Dan Styffe, double bass

Producer: Amy Wheel for BBC Wales

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Erlkonig D.328

    Performer: Jessye Norman. Performer: Phillip Moll.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 412-623-2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Erlkonig, D.328

    Performer: Phillip Moll. Singer: Jessye Norman.
    • Schubert* - Jessye Norman, Phillip Moll ‎- Lieder.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 5.
  • Franz Schubert

    Lazarus (Die Feier der Auferstehung) D.689

    Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer. Performer: Martin Egel. Performer: French Radio Chorus. Performer: French Radio Orchestra. Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • ERATO.
    • 4509-985332.
  • Franz Schubert

    Lazarus: Act II (extract)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer. Singer: Martin Egel. Orchestra: French Radio Orchestra. Choir: French Radio Chorus.
    • Lazarus Mass no 2.
    • ERATO.
    • 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    Quartet in C minor D.703 ("Quartettsatz" & unfinished Andante)

    Performer: Doric String Quartet.
    • Chandos.
    • CHAN 10931.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet No 12 in C 'Quartettsatz', D.703

    Ensemble: Doric String Quartet.
    • Schubert String Quartets D 703 and D 887.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    Psalm 23 (Gott ist mein Hirt) D.706

    Conductor: Grete Pedersen. Performer: Ingrid Andsnes. Performer: Det Norske Solistkor.
    • BIS.
    • BISSACD1869.
  • Franz Schubert

    Psalm 23 (Gott ist mein Hirt), D.706

    Performer: Norwegian Soloists Choir. Performer: Ingrid Andsnes. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
    • Im Herbst.
    • BIS.
    • 13.
  • Franz Schubert

    Gesang der Geister uber den Wassern D.714 (for male chorus & strings)

    Conductor: Grete Pedersen. Performer: Catherine Bullock. Performer: Dan Styffe. Performer: Madelene Berg. Performer: Ole Eirik Ree. Performer: Oystein Birkeland. Performer: Norwegian Soloists Choir.
    • BIS.
    • BISSACD1869.
  • Franz Schubert

    Gesang der Geister uber den Wassern, D.714

    Performer: Catherine Bullock. Performer: Madelene Berg. Performer: Oystein Birkeland. Performer: Ole Eirik Ree. Performer: Dan Styffe. Choir: Norwegian Soloists Choir. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
    • Im Herbst.
    • BIS.
    • 16.

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