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Franz Schubert

Biography

Born: Jan 31, 1797; Austria   Died: Nov 19, 1828; Austria   Period: Romantic
Franz Peter Schubert was among the first of the Romantics, and the composer who, more than any other, brought the art song (lied) to artistic maturity. During his short but prolific career, he produced masterpieces in nearly every genre, all characterized by rich harmonies, an expansive treatment of classical forms, and a seemingly endless gift for melody. Schubert began his earliest musical training studying with his father and brothers. Having Read more passed an audition, Schubert enrolled at the Convict school that trained young vocalists to eventually sing at the chapel of The Imperial Court. Schubert began to explore composition and wrote a song that came to the attention of the institution's director, Antonio Salieri, who along with the school's professor of harmony, hailed young Schubert as a genius. In 1813, after Schubert's voice broke, he returned to live with his father, who directed him to follow in his footsteps and become a schoolteacher. Schubert begrudgingly complied and worked miserably in that capacity by day, while composing prolifically by night. He had written more than 100 songs as well as numerous symphonic, operatic, and chamber music scores, before he reached the age of 20.
Schubert finally left his teaching position to dedicate himself completely to musical pursuits. During the summer of 1818, the young composer worked as a private music teacher to the aristocratic Esterházy family. When he left that post in the fall, Schubert lived a somewhat bohemian lifestyle, composing and spending time with a group of friends that acted as his personal support system. In 1820, Schubert was commissioned by two opera houses, the Karthnerthor Theatre and Theatre-an-der-Wein, to compose a pair of operas. He wrote Zwillingsbruden, and Zauberharfe, both of which were unenthusiastically received. Schubert failed to secure a contract with a publisher, as none were willing to take a chance on a relatively unknown composer who wrote (harmonically) untraditional music. Schubert, along with the support of his artistic friends, published his own work for a collection of roughly 100 subscribers. These efforts, however, were financially unrewarding, and Schubert struggled to sustain himself. His work garnered little attention and contemporary composers dismissed his music as presumptuous and immature.
In 1823, Schubert was elected to the Musikverein of Graz, as an honorary member. Though this brought no financial reward and was an inconsequential appointment, Schubert relished its slight recognition, and to show his gratitude, composed his famous Unfinished Symphony. Five years later, Schubert's music was featured at a concert at Vienna's Musikverein. His work was received quite enthusiastically, and to much critical acclaim. This marked the only time during the composer's life that he enjoyed such success. This seemed to provide Schubert with a renewed sense of optimism, and despite illness, the composer continued to produce at an incredible rate. He began to organize a scheme to increase his artistic popularity, by continuing to evaluate his work and progress as a musician, perhaps even planning to study harmony privately. Schubert's health did not improve, and he soon found himself at death's door. During the composer's last moments, he instructed his brother Ferdinand to ensure that he would be buried alongside Ludwig van Beethoven's grave. Schubert revered the legendary composer, and was grateful to him, as Beethoven had praised his work after hearing a selection of songs. Schubert also highly regarded the work of both Franz Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Franz Schubert died of syphilis.
Despite his short life, Schubert produced a wealth of symphonies, operas, masses, chamber music pieces, and piano sonatas, most of which are considered standard repertoire. He is known primarily for composing hundreds of songs including Gretchen am Spinnrade, and Erlkonig. He pioneered the song cycle with such works as Die Schöne Müllerin, and Die Winterreise, and greatly affected the vocal writing of both Robert Schumann and Gustav Mahler. Read less
Schubert: Winterreise / Goerne, Eschenbach
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902107   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: The Late Piano Sonatas / Paul Lewis
Release Date: 05/13/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902165   Number of Discs: 2
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Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin / Fischer-Dieskau, Schiff
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 107269   Number of Discs: 1
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Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica Play Schubert
Release Date: 02/24/2009   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 3072238   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert Edition
Release Date: 10/28/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94870   Number of Discs: 69
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  • 26.
    Willen Van Otterloo: The Original Recordings: 1951-1966
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72383 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  César Franck,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Feike Asma,  Cor de Groot,  Theo Olof,  Herman Krebbers
    Conductor:  Willem van Otterloo
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  • 27.
    Haydn, Mozart, Schubert
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28200 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Hans Peter Ochsenhofer
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  • 28.
    Schubert: Symphonien 1-8; Dialog & Epilog
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 1610 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Jörg Widmann,  Bruno Mantovani,  Dieter Schnebel  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Billard,  Peter Selwyn
    Conductor:  Jonathan Nott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Swiss Chamber Orchestra Plays Bartok, Ringger, Rautavaara & Schubert
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1319 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rolf Urs Ringger,  Einojuhani Rautavaara,  Franz Schubert,  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Hugo Bollschweiler,  Katarzyna Losiewicz,  Fabienne Leresche,  Delphine Granges  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Siffert
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  • 30.
    Sir Thomas Beecham: The Later Tradition - Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Etc.
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 18611 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Monica Sinclair,  Richard Lewis,  Marian Nowakowski  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beecham Choral Society
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  • 31.
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4; Schubert: Symphony No 5 / Brown, Norwegian CO
    Label: Naim Audio   Catalog: 26 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Schubert: The 10 Symphonies / Marriner, ASMF
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802033 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 33.
    Hans Schmidt-isserstedt - The Capitol Recordings
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 694 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Ventislaw Yankov
    Conductor:  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 34.
    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 70th Anniversary - Essential Recordings [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9614 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Julius Katchen,  Artur Rubinstein,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki,  Josef Krips,  Sir Georg Solti,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ankor Children's Chorus,  Israel Philharmonia Singers
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  • 35.
    Schubert: Symphonies 3 & 5 / Howard Shelley, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28950 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Howard Shelley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Schubert: The Symphonies / Claudio Abbado [5-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001476902 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 37.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Schubert: Symphony No 5 / Dornbusch, Gaudenz
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 10165 Release Date: 08/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karin Dornbusch
    Conductor:  Simon Gaudenz
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  • 38.
    Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8; Rosamunde
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 28605 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
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  • 39.
    Mozart: Haffner Serenade; Schubert: Symphony No. 5
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2352 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Rybar
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch
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  • 40.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 8; Schubert: Symphony No 5 / Celibidache
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445473 Release Date: 06/28/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Schubert: The Symphonies / Blomstedt, Dresden Staatskapelle
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300037 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 42.
    Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 5, 6, 8 & 9 / Sandor Vegh
    Label: Phoenix Edition   Catalog: 437 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Camerata Academica
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  • 43.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 4; Schubert: Symphony No 5 / Casals
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46246 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Pablo Casals
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marlboro Festival Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 8005 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Nielsen,  Luigi Dallapiccola,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Dorow,  George Pieterson,  Werner Herbers,  Theo Olof  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Lucas Vis,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Schubert: Symphony No 5, Rosamunde / Wand
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60100 Release Date: 12/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Schubert: Symphonies 5 & 8 / Solti, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414371 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Schubert: Symphonies 5 & 8 / István Kertész, Vienna Phil
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417680 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Mozart, Schubert: Symphonies;   M. Haydn: Violin Concerto / Paul Angerer, Concilium Musicum
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90750 Release Date: 06/17/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Michael Haydn
    Performer:  Christoph Angerer
    Conductor:  Paul Angerer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concilium Musicum
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  • 49.
    Karajan - Complete Emi Recordings 1946-84 Vol 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 12038 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 88
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Ernst Haefliger,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 50.
    Brahms: Symphony No 3; Schubert: Symphony No 5 / F. Reiner
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61793 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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