Autumnal Masterpieces

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Franz Schubert reclines in a portrait by Wilhelm August Rieder. Franz Schubert reclines in a portrait by Wilhelm August Rieder. (Wikipedia Commons)

This week, Bill McGlaughlin looks at the inspired output of great composers at the end of their lives. Many had creative bursts that fueled their writing through their final years, embuing their work with what McGlaughlin characterizes as an "autumnal glow." Featured composers include Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms.

Comments [2]

James Emery from nyc metro area

Dear Mr. McGlaughlin,

Please accept my deepest appreciation for playing the Adagio from Schubert's String Quintet. It is one of the most profound and moving works I have ever heard. Sooo sublime...

I thought it was great when you played the opening with running commentary but was at a bit of a loss when you asked the listeners to check out the "staccato" cello part. I was listening like mad but could not hear it...then you changed it to pizzacato and all was well. Rostropovich really was magnificent in that performance.

Keep up the wonderful work.

Best regards,


Mar. 15 2016 11:26 PM
Norma J F Harrison from Berkelely

GOOD! Kathleen Battle. Schubert. and all. Norma

Mar. 14 2016 11:30 PM

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