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 Edition
Release Date: 10/28/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94870   Number of Discs: 69
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Schubert: Sonatas Nos. 17, 20, 21, Impromptus & Marche / Schnabel
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 3202   Number of Discs: 2
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Schubert: Lieder / Appl, Johnson
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Wigmore Hall Live  
Catalog: 82   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella / Suitner, Fischer-Dieskau
Release Date: 08/23/1994   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 2156   Number of Discs: 3
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Schubert: Alfonso Und Estrella / Korsten, Mei, Werba
Release Date: 11/30/2004   Label: Dynamic  
Catalog: 451/1-2   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"

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  • 51.
    Schubert: Complete Symphonies / Minkowski, Musiciens Du Louvre Grenoble
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5299 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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  • 52.
    Schubert: Famous Symphonies / Zender, SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94611 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Hans Zender
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Vegh In Hungary
    Label: Budapest Music Center/Bmc (Hungary)   Catalog: 194 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
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  • 54.
    Arturo Toscanini Conducts The NBC Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2099 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 55.
    From Bach To Wagner / Boult, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 35657 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
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  • 56.
    Arturo Toscanini Conducts Schubert, Elgar, Mozart, Rossini, Wagner, Brahms & Mendelssohn
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2384 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
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  • 57.
    Charles Munch Conducts Romantic Masterworks
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 826732 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Gary Graffman,  Artur Rubinstein,  Jascha Heifetz
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Great Romantic Symphonies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501057 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Sidney Green,  Imrich Szabo
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Alexander Rahbari,  Antoni Wit,  Reinhard Seifried  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Failoni Orchestra Budapest,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    Schubert: Symphonies No 8 &   9 / Karajan
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6783052 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Edition Wilhelm Furtwangler [Vinyl]
    Label: Audite   Catalog: AUD87101 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Anton Bruckner,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Schubert: Symphony No. 9
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 382 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven
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  • 62.
    Celibidache Vol 1 - Symphonies / Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85566 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Helen Donath,  Doris Soffel,  Peter Lika
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Philharmonic Choir
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  • 63.
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2; Schubert: Symphony No 9 / Karolyi, Blech
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95640 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Julian Von Karolyi
    Conductor:  Leo Blech
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 6 - Live Radio Recordings 1990-2000
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 11004 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Luciano Berio,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Ildiko Komlósi,  Kolos Kovacs,  Martha Argerich,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Claus Peter Flor,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Swingle Singers,  Netherlands Radio Women's Chorus
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  • 65.
    Wagner: Rienzi Overture; Delius: In A Summer Garden; Schubert: Symphony No. 9
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 29 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Frederick Delius,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
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  • 66.
    Schubert: Symphony No 9; Schumann, Wagner / Erich Leinsdorf
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5043 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Schubert: Symphonies 8 & 9 / Lande, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94243 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Vladimir Lande
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Schubert: Complete Symphonies / Goodman, Vegh, Hanover Band, Camerata Salzburg
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94218 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman,  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band,  Camerata Salzburg
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  • 69.
    Schubert: Symphony No. 9; Weber: Oberon, Overture
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3155 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
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  • 70.
    Giulini In America II / Giulini, Chicago Symphony Orchestra [5-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001571502 Release Date: 07/05/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Tear,  Dale Clevenger
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Klaus Tennstedt - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 94433 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus,  London Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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  • 72.
    Schubert:  Symphony No 9 / Herreweghe, Royal Flemish Philharmonic
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186372 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Flemish Philharmonic
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  • 73.
    Schubert: Symphony No 9; Gal: Symphony No 2 / Zehetmair, Northern Sinfonia
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2225 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hans Gál,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
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  • 74.
    Schubert: Symphonies No 8 And 9 / Boyd, Musikkollegium Winterthur
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9011636 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Douglas Boyd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musikkollegium Winterthur
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  • 75.
    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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