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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Singphonic Schubert - Complete Edition / Die Singphoniker
Release Date: 05/16/2000   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 999659   Number of Discs: 5
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    The Originals, Vol. 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002534902 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Nathan Milstein,  Géza Anda,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Eugen Jochum,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: Lieder / Fischer-Dieskau, Moore
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002529602 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Gerald Moore
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    Schubert: Die schone Mullerin & 7 Lieder / Wunderlich, Giesen [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002462401 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen
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    Schubertiade / Hantai, Pierlot, Diaz-Latorre
    Label: Myrios Classics   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wenzel Thomas Matiegka,  Johann Kaspar Mertz,  Marc Hantaď
    Performer:  Julian Prégardien,  Xavier Díaz-Latorre,  Marc Hantaď,  Philippe Pierlot
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    Il Viaggio d'Amore
    Label: Carpe Diem   Catalog: 16307 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Canconer del d Anonymous,  Traditional,  Santiago de Murcia  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hirundo Maris
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    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: The Complete Recitals 1952-74
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553028 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 31
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Anny Felbermayer,  Josef Metternich  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Otto Ackermann,  Lovro von Matacic,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Philharmonia Chorus  ... 
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    Radu Lupu: Complete Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002402202 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Radu Lupu,  Vincent Zarzo,  Han de Vries,  George Pieterson  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Lawrence Foster,  Uri Segal,  Edo De Waart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert / Hulshoff, Frolich
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 1818 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Alexander Hülshoff,  Andreas Frölich
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  • 9.
    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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  • 10.
    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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  • 11.
    Most Wanted Recitals - Lieder Von Schubert / Heinrich Schlusnus
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002178602 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Hugo Wolf,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Sebastian Peschko
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Schubert: Schwanengesang / Hermann Prey
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002109102 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Walter Klien,  Hermann [Baritone Vocal] Prey,  Karl Engel
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    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: 3 Classic Albums [Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002093302 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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    Schubert: Wanderer's Nachtlied / Matthias Goerne
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902109 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Matthias Goerne,  Helmut Deutsch,  Eric Schneider
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  • 15.
    Schubert: Lieder Und Balladen
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38524 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Bernhard Renzikowski,  Clemens Morgenthaler
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    Cortot: Piano Arrangements / He Yue
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 641 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  He Yue
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    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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  • 18.
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Voice of the Century [23 CDs & 2 DVDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001792900 Release Date: 01/15/2013   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Daniel Barenboim,  Jörg Demus,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Karl Böhm,  Lorin Maazel,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Schubert: 21 Lieder
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 322802 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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    Le Rossignol Et La Rose /  Reiss, Spencer
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4104 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Chen Reiss,  Charles Spencer
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  • 21.
    Song Cycle - Schubert Lieder Transcriptions / Daniel Lippel, Tony Arnold
    Label: New Focus   Catalog: 127 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Daniel Lippel,  Tony Arnold
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  • 22.
    Schubert: Jahreszeiten / Michelle Breedt,   Nina Schumann
    Label: Twopianists (Label)   Catalog: 1039251 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Michelle Breedt,  Nina Schumann
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  • 23.
    An Die Musik - Schubert: Songs / Klaus Mertens, Tini Mathot
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72559 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens,  Tini Mathot
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  • 24.
    Schubert: Lieder / Gruberova, Schmalcz
    Label: Nightingale Classics   Catalog: 652 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Edita Gruberova,  Alexander Schmalcz
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  • 25.
    A Romantic Songbook
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001697602 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Hugo Wolf  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff,  Justus Zeyen
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