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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: Complete Works for Violin & Piano / Fischer
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 186519   Number of Discs: 2
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Schubert: Winterreise / Goerne, Eschenbach
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902107   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Winterreise / Jonas Kaufmann
Release Date: 04/01/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 379563   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Wanderer's Nachtlied / Matthias Goerne
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902109   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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Work: Quartet for Strings "Death and the Maiden"

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    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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    The Originals - Legendary Recordings from DG
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002171502 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Pierre Fournier,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  David Oistrakh,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Franz Konwitschny,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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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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    The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings Vol 2 - Schubert, Berlin 1950-1964
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 21428 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
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    Alban Berg Quartett - 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 939629 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Eduardo Arolas,  Juan Carlos Cobian,  Julio De Caro  ... 
    Performer:  Per Arne Glorvigen,  Sabine Meyer,  Hariolf Schlichtig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert Interrupted / Miro Quartet
    Label: Longhorn Music   Catalog: 2013002 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Sasha Cooke
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Miró String Quartet
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    Schubert: String Quartet No 14
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4110 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pavel Haas String Quartet
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    String Quartets 12-15
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2035 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandis String Quartet
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    Great Chamber Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501064 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Tamás Szabo,  Gábor Fias,  Attila Falvay,  György Éder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Auer String Quartet,  Villa Musica Ensemble  ... 
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    Vivere - Haydn, Schubert, Widmann / Ragazze Quartet
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 34613 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Jörg Widmann
    Performer:  Jeanita Vriens,  Rosa Arnold,  Annemijn Bergkotte,  Genevičve Verhage
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ragazze Quartet
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    The Schubert Connection / Oslo String Quartet [Hybrid SACD + Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Two-l   Catalog: 93 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo String Quartet
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    Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 14
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 35870 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
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    Schubert: The Last Years
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94424 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Joan Berkhemer,  Nadia David,  Peter Brem  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Piano Trio,  Brandis String Quartet,  Berlin Philharmonic Octet
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    Juilliard String Quartet Plays Schubert & Brahms
    Label: Sony (Nax615)   Catalog: 1991732 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Charles Neidich,  Walter Trampler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Sarastro Quartett Plays Schubert & Felder
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1347 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Alfred Felder
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    Schubert: String Quartets
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10737 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Doric String Quartet
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    Duo, Trio, Quartet - Haydn, Rossini, Schubert / Eberle, Tetzlaff, Weithaas, Roberts
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553259 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gioachino Rossini,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Martin Helmchen,  Veronika Eberle,  Marie-Elisabeth Hecker,  Tanja Tetzlaff  ... 
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    Schubert String Quartets: No. 13 In A Minor 'Rosamunde', No. 14 In D Minor 'Death And The Maiden'
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6189 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wihan String Quartet
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    Schubert: String Quartets No 13-15 / Artemis Quartet
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2512 Release Date: 06/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String Quartet
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    Schubert:
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 664232 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
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    Sviatoslav Richter: The Teldec Recordings
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 662270 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Elisabeth Leonskaja
    Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Padua and Veneto Chamber Orchestra,  Borodin String Quartet
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    The Kernis Project: Schubert / Jasper String Quartet
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92152 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Aaron Jay Kernis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jasper String Quartet
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  • 24.
    Schubert: Famous String Quartets / Verdi Quartet
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94607 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Quartet
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    Schubert: Chamber Works / Serkin, Busch Chamber Ensembles
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 3012 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Adolf Busch,  Rudolf Serkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet
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