Franz Schubert (1797-1828) [composer Of The Week]

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Composing for money2018010920181211 (R3)

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 1816, a year in which he made his first money from composing, 19-year-old Schubert was locked in a room and forced to compose by his 'friends', friends who went on to encourage him to leave his teaching work and devote himself to music.

We hear one of the songs he gifted to his first love (sadly not resulting in the marriage he longed for), part of an early setting of the Mass, settings of poems by Goethe, and his eleventh String Quartet.

Six Écossaises for piano, D 421
Michael Endres, piano

String Quartet No. 11 in E major, D 353
Melos Quartet

Litanei, D 343
Dorothee Jansen, soprano, Francis Grier, piano

Mass No 4 C major, D452 Op 48 (mvt 1. Kyrie. Andante con moto & mvt 2. Gloria. Allegro vivace)
Thomas Puchegger, soprano
Belà Fischer, alto
Jörg Hering, tenor
Harry van der Kamp, bass
Wiener Sangerknaben
Chorus Viennesis
Arno Hartmann, organ
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Bruno Weil, conductor

Jägers Abendlied, D 368
Christoph Prégardien, tenor
Andreas Staier, piano

Der König in Thule, D 367
Christoph Prégardien, tenor,
Andreas Staier, harpsichord

An Schwager Kronos, D 369
Christoph Prégardien, tenor, Andreas Staier, piano

Producer: Amy Wheel for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores the year 1816, when Schubert was 19.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

Composing For Money2018010920181211 (R3)

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 1816, a year in which he made his first money from composing, 19-year-old Schubert was locked in a room and forced to compose by his 'friends', friends who went on to encourage him to leave his teaching work and devote himself to music.

We hear one of the songs he gifted to his first love (sadly not resulting in the marriage he longed for), part of an early setting of the Mass, settings of poems by Goethe, and his eleventh String Quartet.

Six Écossaises for piano, D 421
Michael Endres, piano

String Quartet No. 11 in E major, D 353
Melos Quartet

Litanei, D 343
Dorothee Jansen, soprano, Francis Grier, piano

Mass No 4 C major, D452 Op 48 (mvt 1. Kyrie. Andante con moto & mvt 2. Gloria. Allegro vivace)
Thomas Puchegger, soprano
Belà Fischer, alto
Jörg Hering, tenor
Harry van der Kamp, bass
Wiener Sangerknaben
Chorus Viennesis
Arno Hartmann, organ
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Bruno Weil, conductor

Jägers Abendlied, D 368
Christoph Prégardien, tenor
Andreas Staier, piano

Der König in Thule, D 367
Christoph Prégardien, tenor,
Andreas Staier, harpsichord

An Schwager Kronos, D 369
Christoph Prégardien, tenor, Andreas Staier, piano

Producer: Amy Wheel for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores the year 1816, when Schubert was 19.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

Friends and unfinished business2018011020181212 (R3)

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

Donald Macleod looks into Schubert's friendships and focuses on the year 1820.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

Friends And Unfinished Business2018011020181212 (R3)

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

Donald Macleod looks into Schubert's friendships and focuses on the year 1820.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

Joyless and friendless2018011120181213 (R3)

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

Donald Macleod takes a look at Schubert's life in the year 1824.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

Joyless And Friendless2018011120181213 (R3)

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

Donald Macleod takes a look at Schubert's life in the year 1824.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

Penniless and ill2018011220181214 (R3)

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

Donald Macleod focuses on Schubert's life in 1826 and we hear his monumental final quartet

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

Penniless And Ill2018011220181214 (R3)

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

Donald Macleod focuses on Schubert's life in 1826 and we hear his monumental final quartet

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

Schooldays2018010820181210 (R3)

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

At the age of only 16 the shy, bespectacled Schubert was at school. Yet he was not concentrating on his main studies, being far too distracted by music, much to the disappointment of his father. Today's programme focuses on the year 1813 in Schubert's life, and we hear his String Quartet No.10, D87. Other music includes settings of songs by Schiller and Körner, an opera aria, and movements from his first symphony. Plus we learn about Schubert's sudden rage over his singing rather loudly in a tavern. Presented by Donald Macleod.

Des Teufels Lustschloss, D 84 (Act 1 No. 2 Was kümmert mich ein sumpfig Land)
Oliver Widmer, baritone (Robert)
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Jan Schultsz, conductor

String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, D 87
Cuarteto Casals

Zur Namensfeier meines Vaters, D 80
Leonardo de Lisi, tenor
Alberto Mazzocco, tenor
Marco Perrella, bass
Adriano Sebastiani, guitar

Symphony No 1 (mvt 3 Menuetto, Allegretto & mvt 4 Allegro vivace)
Berliner Philharmoniker
Karl Bohm, conductor

Gebet während der Schlacht, D 171
Florian Boesch, baritone,
Burkhard Kehring, piano

Sehnsucht, D 52
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Gerald Moore, piano

Producer: Amy Wheel for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod focuses on the year 1813 when Schubert was just 16.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

Schooldays2018010820181210 (R3)

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

At the age of only 16 the shy, bespectacled Schubert was at school. Yet he was not concentrating on his main studies, being far too distracted by music, much to the disappointment of his father. Today's programme focuses on the year 1813 in Schubert's life, and we hear his String Quartet No.10, D87. Other music includes settings of songs by Schiller and Körner, an opera aria, and movements from his first symphony. Plus we learn about Schubert's sudden rage over his singing rather loudly in a tavern. Presented by Donald Macleod.

Des Teufels Lustschloss, D 84 (Act 1 No. 2 Was kümmert mich ein sumpfig Land)
Oliver Widmer, baritone (Robert)
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Jan Schultsz, conductor

String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, D 87
Cuarteto Casals

Zur Namensfeier meines Vaters, D 80
Leonardo de Lisi, tenor
Alberto Mazzocco, tenor
Marco Perrella, bass
Adriano Sebastiani, guitar

Symphony No 1 (mvt 3 Menuetto, Allegretto & mvt 4 Allegro vivace)
Berliner Philharmoniker
Karl Bohm, conductor

Gebet während der Schlacht, D 171
Florian Boesch, baritone,
Burkhard Kehring, piano

Sehnsucht, D 52
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Gerald Moore, piano

Producer: Amy Wheel for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod focuses on the year 1813 when Schubert was just 16.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.