Autumn Leaves

feat. Elgar, Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert & Handel

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall" says an inspirational quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

It isn't always the case that works written in the autumn of a composer's life have an autumnal quality to them, and our Autumn Leaves collection is very much a case in point, because on this front it's split pretty neatly down the middle.

On the one hand the first two works are very autumnal and reflective in their own different ways: Elgar's Cello Concerto and Brahms's Clarinet Quintet. However, what you hear in Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 and particularly in Handel's final oratorio, Jephtha, is life in all its fullness and vigour; and actually the same can also be said for the Quintet Schubert completed just two months before his death, much as with Schubert there's often a barely-but-definitely-there whisper of pain hovering just below the surface. There is one undeniable unifying quality across these five works, though, and that is that every single one of them is a masterpiece. So, we hope you enjoy them.

Curation: Charlotte Gardner

Speaker: Charlotte Gardner

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • Autumn Leaves

  • An introduction to Elgar — Cello Concerto in e minor op. 85

  • Cello Concerto in e minor op. 85 Preview Only

    Edward Elgar

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Jacqueline du Pré, Sir John Barbirolli1965
  • An introduction to Brahms — Clarinet Quintet in b minor op. 115

  • Clarinet Quintet in b minor op. 115 Preview Only

    Johannes Brahms

    Paul Meyer, Capuçon Quartet2007
  • An introduction to Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major op. 109

  • Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major op. 109 Preview Only

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Alexandre Tharaud2018
  • An introduction to Schubert — String Quintet in C major D 956

  • String Quintet in C major D 956 Preview Only

    Franz Schubert

    Quatuor Ébène, Gautier Capuçon2015
  • An introduction to Handel — Jephtha HWV 70

  • Jephtha HWV 70 Preview Only

    George Frideric Handel

    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen2008

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