Gig: Schubert String Quartet
Schubert String Quintet, C major, op 163, D956. This is such a typical Desert Island Discs favourite. I first heard this work as a teenager in the National Concert Hall performed by the Vanbrugh Quartet and Aisling Drury Byrne and I can still remember this performance vividly. The sublime melodies feel like they were written for all humanity — I can’t believe that Schubert never heard this work performed. I was lucky enough to walk down the aisle to part of the slow movement performed by friends at my wedding. .