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Donald Macleod takes a look at Schubert's life in the year 1824. Music includes his 'Rosamunde' String Quartet, and his 'Grand Duo' Sonata in C for piano four-hands, D812.

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

In this programme, Donald Macleod takes a look at Schubert's life in the year 1824. Aged 27, Schubert was suffering from symptoms of syphilis, as well as episodes of despair and depression. We hear how his father encouraged him to persevere through his suffering, and Schubert was able to take the sorrow and melancholy he was feeling through into his music.

That music in this programme includes Schubert's Rosamunde String Quartet, some of his "Grand Duo" Sonata for piano four hands, and - proof of his composition speed - his setting of Gebet for vocal quartet, commissioned in the morning and performed in the evening of the very same day.

Sonata for Piano Four Hands, D812 (Grand Duo) (mvt 3. Scherzo and Trio, Allegro vivace)
Peter Noke, piano
Helen Krizos, piano

String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D 804, (Rosamunde)
Takacs Quartett

Gebet, D 815
Marlis Petersen, soprano
Anke Vondung, mezzo-soprano
Werner Güra, tenor
Konrad Jarnot, bass
Christoph Berner, fortepiano

Der Sieg, D 805
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Eric Schneider, piano

Producer: Amy Wheel for BBC Wales

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata in C major, D.812 (Scherzo)

    Performer: Peter Noke. Performer: Helen Krizos.
    • HYPERION : CDA 66217.
    • HYPERION.
    • 3.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet No 13 in A minor (Rosamunde), D804

    Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • Schubert: Death and the Maiden.
    • Hyperion.
    • 5.
  • Franz Schubert

    Gebet, D.815

    Performer: Christoph Berner. Singer: Marlis Petersen. Singer: Anke Vondung. Singer: Werner Güra. Singer: Konrad Jarnot.
    • Schubert: Licht und Liebe.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 13.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Sieg, D.805

    Performer: Eric Schneider. Singer: Matthias Goerne.
    • Schubert Lieder Volume 2: An Mein Herz.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 9.

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