The Spirit of
Schubert

23-31 March 2012

A Viennese Scrapbook, accompanying
8 days and 200 hours of
Schubert's music on @bbcradio3 About

The Shepherd on the Rock

The Shepherd on the Rock

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31 March 2012
Countess Caroline Esterházy looks down on Schubert from her portrait, depicted in Moritz von Schwind’s drawing of a Schubertiade. 

Countess Caroline Esterházy looks down on Schubert from her portrait, depicted in Moritz von Schwind’s drawing of a Schubertiade

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30 March 2012

An introduction to Die schöne Müllerin, which is broadcast live from Edinburgh on Radio 3 at 1pm today.

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30 March 2012

(Source: weheartit.com, via musicalmelody)

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30 March 2012
Due to a family bereavement, Ben Johnson and James Baillieu will no longer perform Die schöne Müllerin at today’s Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert, live from Edinburgh. We are therefore very lucky to have James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook standing in to perform the work. The pair have performed Schubert widely together and have recorded both this cycle and Winterreise to great acclaim. 

Due to a family bereavement, Ben Johnson and James Baillieu will no longer perform Die schöne Müllerin at today’s Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert, live from Edinburgh. We are therefore very lucky to have James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook standing in to perform the work. The pair have performed Schubert widely together and have recorded both this cycle and Winterreise to great acclaim. 

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30 March 2012

Mary Hampton performs ‘Der Leiermann’
(originally the final song of Schubert’s Winterreise)

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30 March 2012
Dann, Blümlein alle, Heraus, heraus! Der Mai ist kommen, Der Winter ist aus.From Die schöne Müllerin, today’s Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Dann, Blümlein alle,
Heraus, heraus!
Der Mai ist kommen,
Der Winter ist aus.

From Die schöne Müllerin, today’s Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

(Source: theordinaryday)

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30 March 2012
Lilli Lehmann was a German operatic soprano of phenomenal versatility. She sang in the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876 and made her Covent Garden debut in 1899.
Hear her on Play Schubert For Me tonight at 10pm, singing Du bist die Ruh, recorded in 1907.

Lilli Lehmann was a German operatic soprano of phenomenal versatility. She sang in the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876 and made her Covent Garden debut in 1899.

Hear her on Play Schubert For Me tonight at 10pm, singing Du bist die Ruh, recorded in 1907.

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29 March 2012
The title page from the first published edition of Die schöne Müllerin.

The title page from the first published edition of Die schöne Müllerin.

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28 March 2012

Death and the Maiden

During today’s Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert the Signum Quartet will play one of Schubert’s most evocative works, the ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet. This staggering work was written by Schubert in March 1824, shortly after he had spent a period of time in hospital. Composed for the violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh, the work recalls Schubert’s 1817 song of the same name. Although sung by a solo voice, the poem by Matthias Claudius is a highly dramatic dialogue between a young girl and the figure of death. There can be no doubt that, having contracted a deadly venereal disease the previous year, Schubert was haunted by similarly morbid thoughts when writing the quartet. 

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24 March 2012