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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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Schubert: Complete Piano Works / Schuchter
Release Date: 11/03/2017   Label: Tudor Records  
Catalog: 1640   Number of Discs: 12
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Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata & Trio No. 2 / Hecker, Weithaas, Helmchen
Release Date: 11/17/2017   Label: Alpha Productions  
Catalog: 284   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Quartet for Strings "Death and the Maiden"

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    Schubert: Piano Quintet
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250386 Release Date: 10/20/2017  
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest String Quartet
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    Schubert: String Quartet / Budapest String Quartet
    Label: Biddulph   Catalog: 80223 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Joseph Roisman,  Jac Gorodetsky,  Boris Kroyt,  Mischa Schneider  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest String Quartet
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    Schubert: Der Tod und das Madchen / Jerusalem Quartet
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1901990 Release Date: 08/25/2017  
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jerusalem String Quartet
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    Schubert: Death and the Maiden - Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony / Larsen, Salzburg Chamber Soloists
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 91701 Release Date: 02/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Lavard Skou Larsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Chamber Soloists
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    Schubert & Tchaikovsky: String Quartets / Kopelman Quartet
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5962 Release Date: 02/03/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kopelman String Quartet
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    Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 'death And The Maiden'; Sibelius: String Quartet Op. 56 'intimate Voices'
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4163 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Jean Sibelius
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    Schubert: Death and the Maiden / Kopatchinskaja, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 265 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  John Dowland,  Carlo Gesualdo,  György Kurtág  ... 
    Conductor:  Patricia Kopatchinskaya
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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    The Golden Era of Living Stereo: Remastered Collector's Edition
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 532174 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Pietro Nardini,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Sankey,  Ania Dorfmann,  Leonid Kogan,  Andrei Mitnik  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Mitchell,  Arthur Fiedler,  Arturo Basile,  Robert Shaw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Quartet,  Portland Symphonic Choir,  Choir Of The Abbey Of Mount Angel  ... 
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    Sviatoslav Richter: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557828 Release Date: 10/21/2016   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  David Oistrakh,  Oleg Kagan  ... 
    Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet,  Lorin Maazel,  Herbert von Karajan,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto,  Paris Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Emerson String Quartet: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002514572 Release Date: 07/15/2016   Number of Discs: 52
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Thomas Hampson,  Menahem Pressler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
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    Schubert: Complete String Quartets
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94468 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Julia Barthel,  Alba Gonzalez I Becerra
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    Yuri Bashmet: The Complete RCA Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88875168382 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Max Bruch,  Alfred Schnittke,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Yuri Bashmet,  Viktor Tretyakov,  Mikhail Muntian,  Larissa Diadkova
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Neeme Järvi,  Yuri Bashmet,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Soloists
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    Michael Gielen Edition, Vol. 1 (1967-2010)
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 19007 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Gielen,  Julia Hamari,  Barry McDaniel,  Edda Moser  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus,  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra,  Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: Death and the Maiden - Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony / LSO String Ensemble
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 786 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Roman Simovic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble
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    Schubert: The Edition, Vol. 1
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002447802 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elena Kremer,  Emil Gilels,  Oleg Maisenberg,  Valery Afanassiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Eduard Melkus,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart,  Amadeus Quartet  ... 
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    Schubert: String Quartet No. 14
    Label: Cugate Classics   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Paris Orchestra  ... 
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    Quartetto Italiano: Complete Decca, Philips & Deutsche Grammophon Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002410802 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 37
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Roman Hoffstetter  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Borciani,  Franco Rossi,  Piero Farulli,  Elisa Pegreffi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
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    Adolf Busch & Busch Quartet: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553027 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  Adolf Busch,  Hermann Busch,  Karl Doktor  ... 
    Conductor:  Adolf Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch Trio
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  • 20.
    Romantic Quartets & Quintets by Schubert, Schumann & Brahms / Jerusalem Quartet
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908733 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Alexander Melnikov,  Sharon Kam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jerusalem String Quartet
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  • 21.
    Label: Miró Quartet Media   Catalog: 5638529739 Release Date: 07/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Miro Quartet,  Sasha Cooke
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  • 22.
    Schubert: The Unauthorised Piano Duos, Vol. 3 / Goldstone, Clemmow
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25125 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Goldstone-Clemmow Duo
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  • 23.
    Schubert Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94870 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 69
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Suzanne Lautenbacher,  György Pauk,  Peter Frankl,  Walter Hautzig  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Jörg Faerber,  Andreas Weiser,  Romano Gandolfi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Bell'Arte Trio  ... 
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    Schubert: Death And The Maiden
    Label: Phaia Music   Catalog: 46 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
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    Rca Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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