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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: Winterreise / Goerne, Eschenbach
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902107   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: The Late Piano Sonatas / Paul Lewis
Release Date: 05/13/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902165   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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Schubert: Wanderer's Nachtlied / Matthias Goerne
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902109   Number of Discs: 2
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Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica Play Schubert
Release Date: 02/24/2009   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 3072238   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Schwanengesang: Ständchen (Serenade)

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  • 51.
    Schubert: Music For Flute And Piano / Grodd, Napoli
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570754 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Uwe Grodd,  Matteo Napoli
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  • 52.
    Schubert: Arpeggione / Gastinel, Désert
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5152 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Claire Désert,  Anne Gastinel
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  • 53.
    Peter Schreier - From Boy Alto To Lyric Tenor
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 91412 Release Date: 10/25/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Heinrich Schütz,  Peter Cornelius,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Otto,  Peter Schreier,  Anton Spieler,  Karl-Dietfried Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger,  Otmar Suitner,  Bernhard Klee,  Siegfried Kurz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra members,  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 54.
    Schubert: Schwanengesang D 957, Etc / Robert Holl, Roger Vignoles
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67657 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Robert Holl,  Roger Vignoles
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  • 55.
    Jussi Bjorling In Song
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1427 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Carl Sjöberg,  Johannes Brahms,  Francesco Paolo Tosti  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker
    Conductor:  Nils Grevillius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Greatest Works - Schubert / Schreier, Boskovsky, Lorenz, Auger, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184332 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Eric Schneider,  Christiane Oelze,  Peter Schreier,  Walter Olbertz  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier,  Willi Boskovsky,  Jörg-Peter Weigle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Radio Music School Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Schubert, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann: Lieder / Schreier
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 91382 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Walter Olbertz,  Peter Schreier,  Norman Shetler
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  • 58.
    Vocal Series - Jussi Björling At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60520 Release Date: 06/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Frederick Schauwecker,  Jussi Björling
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  • 59.
    Jussi Björling In Concert
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1007 Release Date: 02/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Ernest Geehl,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Robert Merrill,  Zinka Milanov,  Leonard Warren  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
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  • 60.
    Dreams: Classical Music For A Good Night's Sleep
    Label: Radiance Records   Catalog: 17682 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Béroff,  Shin-ichi Fukuda,  Ayako Shinozaki,  Valery Afanassiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  Hans Stadlmair,  Jun'ichi Hirokami
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lunaire Ensemble
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  • 61.
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2001 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Wieniawski,  Franz Schubert,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Joseph Joachim Raff  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Padwa,  Josef Bonime,  Carroll Hollister,  Mischa Elman  ... 
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  • 62.
    Anthology of Song II: Kirsten Flagstad, Walter Widdop, Frieda Hempel
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1357 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Franz Schubert,  Carl Loewe,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Brodersen,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Sarah Jane Charles-Cahier,  Diane van Demmelen  ... 
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  • 63.
    Schubert Lied-Edition Vol 3
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 40028 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann,  Josef von Manowarda,  Ninon Vallin,  Feodor Chaliapin  ... 
    Conductor:  Piero Coppola
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 64.
    James Galway Plays Schubert / Phillip Moll
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5303 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  James Galway,  Phillip Moll
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  • 65.
    Charles Kullman - Recordings 1925-1939
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10132 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Eduard Künneke,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Oley Speaks  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Kullman,  Kerstin Thorborg
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Bruno Walter,  Walter Goehr,  Ettore Panizza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Grand Prix - An Die Musik - Favorite Schubert Songs / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000874902 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Malcolm Martineau,  Bryn Terfel
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  • 67.
    Playful Clarinet - Bach, Bizet Etc / Peterkova
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3901 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Anton Rubinstein,  Traditional,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Ludmila Peterková,  Irina Kondratenko
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  • 68.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Ludwig Suthaus Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89677 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Helene Werth,  Ludwig Suthaus,  Gustav Grossmann,  Marianne Schech
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Hans Müller-Kray
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Stuttgart SW German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Marian Anderson Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89678 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gustav Mahler,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Marian Anderson,  Franz Rupp
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
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  • 70.
    Serenade / Timothy Seelig, Turtle Creek Chorale
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 110 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Helmuth,  Karl Jenkins,  Stephen Paulus,  Morten Lauridsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Creek Chorale
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  • 71.
    Bryn Terfel: Y Recordiadau Cynnar (The Early Recordings)
    Label: eOne   Catalog: 2533 Release Date: 05/03/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Idris Lewis,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Eric Jones,  Vincent Davies  ... 
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  • 72.
    Schubert, Kalliwoda / Ashan Pillai, Michael Endres
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 591 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda
    Performer:  Michael Endres,  Ashan Pillai
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  • 73.
    Mendelssohn, Mozart, Etc / Benedetti, Macmillan, Asmf
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000768202 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  James MacMillan
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti,  Skaila Kanga
    Conductor:  Nicola Benedetti,  James MacMillan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 74.
    Schubert: 21 Lieder / Richard King, Susan Teicher
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 856 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Richard King,  Susan Teicher
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  • 75.
    Thomas Quasthoff - The Voice
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000657702 Release Date: 07/04/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Carl Loewe,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff,  Justus Zeyen,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Albrecht Mayer
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Baroque Soloists,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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