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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: Moments musicaux, Huttenbrenner Variations & 3 Klavierstucke / Kairoff
Release Date: 04/08/2016   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3473   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: The Complete Piano Sonatas / Badura-Skoda
Release Date: 09/01/2017   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88985395492   Number of Discs: 12
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Schubert: Trout Quintet / Mutter, Trifonov, Lee, Hornung, Patkolo
Release Date: 11/03/2017   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002752602   Number of Discs: 1
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Final Thoughts: The Last Piano Works of Schubert & Brahms / Osorio
Release Date: 05/12/2017   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 171   Number of Discs: 2
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Schubert: Complete Piano Works / Schuchter
Release Date: 11/03/2017   Label: Tudor Records  
Catalog: 1640   Number of Discs: 12
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Work: Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960

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    Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832243 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Julius Katchen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Bernard Haitink,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Musings / Boomsma
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72756 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Camiel Boomsma
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    Schubert: Late Piano Sonatas / Leonskaja
    Label: Easonus   Catalog: 29300 Release Date: 11/10/2017  
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja
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    Schubert: Complete Piano Works / Schuchter
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 1640 Release Date: 11/03/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gilbert Schuchter
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    Sviatoslav Richter: Eurodisc Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875199912 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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    Schubert: Piano Sonatas, D. 959 & 960 / Zimerman [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002743501 Release Date: 10/13/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
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    Schubert: Piano Sonatas Nos. 16 & 21 / Martynov
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002504 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Yury Martynov
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    Schubert: Piano Sonatas, D. 959 & 960 / Zimerman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002722602 Release Date: 09/08/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
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    Schubert: The Complete Piano Sonatas / Badura-Skoda
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985395492 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Paul Badura-Skoda
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    Daniel Barenboim: The Solo Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797371 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Antony Pay
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
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    Rudolf Serkin: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985404062 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 75
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  Adolf Busch,  Hermann Busch,  Pablo Casals  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Bruno Walter,  Eugene Ormandy,  Pablo Casals  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Busch String Quartet  ... 
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    Richter Plays Schubert & Liszt
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: WS121.316 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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    Richter Plays Schubert: Live in Moscow
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 17005 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Benjamin Britten,  Nina Dorliak
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    Schubert: Piano Sonatas, D. 960 & D. 664 / Perianes
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902282 Release Date: 05/19/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Javier Perianes
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    Final Thoughts: The Last Piano Works of Schubert & Brahms / Osorio
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 171 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio
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    Maurizio Pollini: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002578510 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Andreas Esders,  Gabriele Lechner,  Gretchen Eder  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung  ... 
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    Schubert: Lieder / Goerne
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908750 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Matthias Goerne,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Eric Schneider,  Christoph Eschenbach  ... 
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    Evgeny Kissin: The Complete RCA & Sony Classical Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5033827 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeny Kissin,  Mikhail Milman,  Boris Garlitsky,  Vladimir Spivakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Vladimir Spivakov,  Seiji Ozawa,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: Sonatas Nos. 17, 20, 21, Impromptus & Marche / Schnabel
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 3202 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Artur Schnabel
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    Schubert: Piano Masterworks / Leonskaja
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556695 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
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    Wilhelm Kempff: Complete Schubert Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002520202 Release Date: 07/22/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
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  • 22.
    Jerome Rose Plays Schubert
    Label: Medici Classics   Catalog: 30072 Release Date: 07/01/2016  
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Jerome Rose
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    Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21 - Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1 & Consolation No. 3 / Kaneko
    Label: Exton   Catalog: 75 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Miyuji Kaneko
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  • 24.
    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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    Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21 & Wanderer Fantasy / Brendel [Vinyl]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002434901 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
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