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
Emma Johnson & Friends: Schubert, Crusell
Release Date: 04/29/2016   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 156   Number of Discs: 1
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Songs By Schubert, Beethoven, Britten & Hahn / Polenzani, Drake
Release Date: 10/24/2011   Label: Wigmore Hall Live  
Catalog: 48   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Death and the Maiden - Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony / LSO String Ensemble
Release Date: 03/11/2016   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 786   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata & String Quintet / Haimovitz, Golan, Miro Quartet
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186549   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert: String Quartets / Elias String Quartet
Release Date: 07/28/2009   Label: Wigmore Hall Live  
Catalog: 28   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Schwanengesang: Ständchen (Serenade)

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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall (Selected Highlights)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 530420 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Paul de Schlözer,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Turini,  Artur Rubinstein,  Jorge Bolet,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Arturo Toscanini,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    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  ... 
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    Schubert: Songs for Voice & Guitar / Huntley, Franke
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2115 Release Date: 04/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Jens Franke,  Anna Huntley
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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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    La Melodia Encantada / Duo Moebius
    Label: Itinerant Classics   Catalog: 3429 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giulio Caccini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Moebius
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    Nacht und Traume / Gijsbertsen, Beenhouwer
    Label: Phaedra   Catalog: 292032 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Gijsbertsen,  Jozef de Beenhouwer
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    Schubertiade / Anima Eterna Brugge, Immerseel
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 216 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Klaus Wenk,  Marianne Beate Kielland,  David Erler,  Thomas E. Bauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Brugge
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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,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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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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    The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403602 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pérotin,  Guillaume de Machaut,  John Dunstable  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Charles [Tenor Vocals] Daniels,  Susan Gritton,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Conductor:  Pater Godehard Joppich,  David Munrow,  Josef Ulsamer,  Bruno Turner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London,  Ulsamer-Collegium,  Hamburger Bläserkreis für Alte Musik  ... 
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    Schubert / Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002347202 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Thomas Quasthoff,  Barbara Bonney,  Andreas Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Ernst Senff Chamber Choir,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung  ... 
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    Oh! Quand Je Dors... / Ekaterina Gavrilova
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3391 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Richard Strauss,  Robert Schumann,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Ekaterina Gavrilova,  Yuliya Lytkina
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  • 14.
    Schubert: The Song Collection
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95111 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Naum Grubert,  Robert Holl,  David Lutz,  Konrad Richter  ... 
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    Schubert (Re)inventions
    Label: Paladino Music   Catalog: 58 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Alberto Mesirca,  Martin Rummel,  Ursula Langmayr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Paladino
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    Romantique / Anne Gastinel
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5387 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  François-Frédéric Guy,  Anne Gastinel,  Claire Désert
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ličge Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Schubert: Song Cycles / Nathalie Stutzmann [3-CD Set]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 623701 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Inger Södergren
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  • 18.
    Notturno: The Timeless Music Of Schubert
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4765327 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    Angela Gheorghiu: 3 Classic Albums
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002131302 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Alfredo Catalani,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Daniela Vendemiati,  Giuseppe Crott,  Malcolm Martineau
    Conductor:  John Mauceri,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Chorus,  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
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  • 22.
    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Simple Gifts / Yvonne Kenny, Vladimir Kamirski, Melbourne So
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4425092 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Giacomo Puccini,  Léo Delibes,  Ivor Novello  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny
    Conductor:  Melbourne Symphony Orches
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  • 24.
    Gil Shaham - Three Classic Albums
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001999902 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Franz Schubert,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Göran Söllscher,  Gil Shaham,  Orli Shaham
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    Lotte Lehmann: A 125th Birthday Tribute [4-CD Set]
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1279 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Charles Gounod,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Lotte Lehmann
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