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Focusing on 1826, a year in the life of Schubert, Donald Macleod hears his monumental final string quartet, plus his setting of Goethe's poignant 'None but the Lonely Heart'

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

In 1826, Schubert was only two years away from his untimely death at the age of 31. Three of his close friends married in this year, whilst he remained single. In this year Schubert was short of money, suffering manic-depression and syphilis, and smoking and drinking heavily. But we hear, in a passionate outburst, his declaration: "I am Schubert....who has written great things and beautiful things... and who is going to write still more beautiful things..."

This programme, presented by Donald Macleod, features Schubert's monumental final string quartet, plus his setting of Goethe's poignant "Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt" - "None but the Lonely Heart".

Kupelwieser Waltz
Bertrand Chamayou, piano

String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D 887
Cuarteto Casals

Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt, D877/3
Dorothea Roschmann, soprano
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Producer: Amy Wheel for BBC Wales

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Waltz in G flat major DAI/14 (Kupelwieser) for piano

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • ERATO.
  • Franz Schubert

    Waltz in G flat major (Kupelwieser)

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • Bertrand Chamayou: Schubert.
    • ERATO.
    • 14.
  • Franz Schubert

    Quartet in G major D887

    Performer: Casals Quartet.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet in G major, D 887

    Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
    • Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 10 & 15.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 5.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sehnsucht (Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt) D310a

    Performer: Dorothea Röschmann. Performer: Malcolm Martineau.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Franz Schubert

    Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt, D.310a

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Dorothea Röschmann.
    • Portraits: Dorothea Röschmann.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • 3.

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