Franz Schubert


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 & Haydn: String Quartets / Tetzlaff Quartett
Release Date: 03/10/2017   Label: Ondine  
Catalog: 1293   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Winterreise / Padmore, Bezuidenhout
Release Date: 02/16/2018   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902264   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Piano Trios Vol. 1
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550131   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Mass, Stabat Mater / Schuldt-jensen, Et Al
Release Date: 02/26/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570381   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Symphony No 4; Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Kubelik, Vienna Philharmonic
Release Date: 01/25/2011   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 820102   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Schwanengesang: Ständchen (Serenade)

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  • 101.
    The Complete César Vezzani Vol 1 - Odeon Recordings 1912-14
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52034 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Ernest Reyer,  Jacques Halévy,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  César Vezzani,  Paul Payan,  Alfred Maguenat,  Eliane Peltier
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  • 102.
    Night Music 17 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556617 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gioachino Rossini,  Georges Bizet,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Raimund Havenith,  Maria Kliegel,  Nora Mercz,  János Bálint  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek,  John Georgiadis,  Mátyás Antal,  György Lehel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schubert Ensemble of Budapest,  Budapest Rossini Ensemble,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 103.
    Dazzle And Nostalgia - Cello Favorites / Hanani, Levin
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3072 Release Date: 07/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Vittorio Monti,  Fritz Kreisler,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Yehuda Hanani,  Michelle Levin
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  • 104.
    Schubert: Schwanengesang, Lieder / Fischer-Dieskau, Moore
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 67559 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Gerald Moore
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  • 105.
    Violin Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467675 Release Date: 03/20/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Max Bruch,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Alan Loveday,  Maurice Hasson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Alexander Gibson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 106.
    Lost Feuermann - The Japanese Recordings 1934 & 1936
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1075 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Kosaku Yamada,  Giuseppe Valentini,  W.T. Wrighton  ... 
    Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann,  Fritz Kitzinger,  Wolfgang Rebner
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Flute For Relaxation - James Galway
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63711 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Traditional,  John Corigliano,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Kazuhide Isomura,  Sadao Harada,  Kikuei Ikeda  ... 
    Conductor:  David Effron,  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt,  David Measham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet members,  The Chieftains,  National Philharmonic Orchestra London  ... 
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  • 108.
    Guitar Favourites
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7189 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Niccolň Paganini,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Garcia
    Conductor:  Peter Briener
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Cassovia
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  • 109.
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 220 Release Date: 05/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Kaufman,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Traditional,  Alexander Tekeliev  ... 
    Performer:  Detelina Ivanova,  Petja Petrova,  Blagovesta Mekki,  Milena Ognyanova  ... 
    Conductor:  Hristo Nedyalkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian National Radio Children's Choir,  Bulgarian National Radio Light Music Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Frühlingslieder / Donna Brown, Stéphane Lemelin
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2165 Release Date: 02/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel,  Hugo Wolf,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Donna Brown,  Stéphane Lemelin,  Donna Brown
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  • 111.
    Victoria De Los Angeles Live In Tokyo
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 11/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rafael Calleja,  Georges Bizet,  Blas de Laserna,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Manuel Garcia-Morante
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  • 112.
    Wayfaring Stranger / Susanne Mentzer, Sharon Isbin
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 23419 Release Date: 10/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Traditional,  Franz Schubert,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Susanne Mentzer,  Sharon Isbin
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  • 113.
    James Galway - Meditations
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 37731 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Christopher O'Riley,  Phillip Moll
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata,  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Irish Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 114.
    Legendary Treasures - Segovia And His Contemporaries Vol 3
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7709 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Dominici,,  Karl Friessnegg  ... 
    Performer:  Luise Walker,  Andrés Segovia
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  • 115.
    And The Band Played On - Music On The Titanic / I Salonisti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458382 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Werner Giger,  Thomas Füri,  Béla Szedlák,  Ferenc Szedlák  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
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  • 116.
    Schumann: Dichterliebe; Etc / Wunderlich, Giesen
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 449747 Release Date: 08/12/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Hubert Giesen,  Fritz Wunderlich
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  • 117.
    Stanford Archive Series / Richard Crooks
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 5501 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Roger Quilter,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Richard Crooks,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Frank La Forge
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  • 118.
    Prima Voce - Schlusnus Sings Schubert Lieder
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7883 Release Date: 02/04/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Sebastian Peschko,  Franz Rupp
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  • 119.
    Songs For Sunset / Christian Linberg, Per Lundberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 808 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaplin,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Per Lundberg,  Christian Lindberg
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  • 120.
    The Singing Apes - Sandstrom, Britten, Holst, Weill, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 733 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Johann Nepomuk David,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Anders Bergstrom,  Folke Alin,  Stefan Dahlberg,  Anders Wikström  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Sund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orphei Drängar,  Uppsala Chamber Soloists
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  • 121.
    Schubert: Songs Without Words / Maisky, Hovora
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449817 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Daria Hovora,  Mischa Maisky
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  • 122.
    The Times Of Day - Brahms, Et Al / Turtle Creek Chorale
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 67 Release Date: 10/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Biebl,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Melanie Sonnenberg,  Timothy Jenkins
    Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra,  Turtle Creek Chorale,  Fort Worth Brass Ensemble
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  • 123.
    Stokowski Encores / Matthias Bamert, Bbc Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9349 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov,  Johann Mattheson,  John Philip Sousa,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Addinall
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Gerhard Hüsch
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89017 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Hanns Udo Müller,  Gerhard Hüsch,  Gerald Moore
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  • 125.
    Eleanor Steber In Concert (1956-58)
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1005 Release Date: 12/12/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Strauss,  Joseph Canteloube,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Biltcliffe,  Eleanor Steber
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