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: Symphonies Nos. 1-8 / Harnoncourt, Berlin Philharmonic
Release Date: 09/22/2017   Label: Berlin Philharmonic  
Catalog: 170063   Number of Discs: 5
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Final Thoughts: The Last Piano Works of Schubert & Brahms / Osorio
Release Date: 05/12/2017   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 171   Number of Discs: 2
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Schubert & Haydn: String Quartets / Tetzlaff Quartett
Release Date: 03/10/2017   Label: Ondine  
Catalog: 1293   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Die schone Mullerin, D. 795 / Gerhaher, Huber
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88985427402   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert Edition
Release Date: 10/28/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94870   Number of Discs: 69
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Work: Schwanengesang: Ständchen (Serenade)

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  • 76.
    James Galway Plays Schubert / Phillip Moll
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5303 Release Date: 07/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  James Galway,  Phillip Moll
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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    Ultimate Violin Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000895302 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci,  Henryk Szeryng,  David Oistrakh,  Lev Oborin  ... 
    Conductor:  Piero Gamba,  Sir Alexander Gibson
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Schubert: Lieder Vol 2 / Hendricks, Lupu, Meyer, Schneider
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54239 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Radu Lupu,  Bruno Schneider,  Sabine Meyer
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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    Schubert: Songs Without Words / Fromanger, Mishory
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7106 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gilead Mishory,  Benoît Fromanger
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  • 85.
    Lotte Lehman Sings Lieder & Orchestral Songs 1941-1950
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1247 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Bernhard Flies,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Ulanowsky,  Lotte Lehmann,  Bruno Walter
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Virtuoso Cello Encores / Maria Kliegel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557943 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  George Gershwin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Raimund Havenith
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  • 87.
    Schubert: Arpeggione / Gastinel, Désert
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5021 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Anne Gastinel,  Claire Désert
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  • 88.
    Original Masters - The Art Of Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000480702 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Hübsch,,  Traditional,  Osman Perez Freire  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hermann Prey,  Hubert Giesen,  Ingeborg Hallstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Carste,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Robert Stolz,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Die Spilar-Schrammeln (salon orchestra)  ... 
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  • 89.
    Marian Anderson: Rare Live Broadcast Performances
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1275 Release Date: 07/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Bononcini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
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  • 90.
    Label: Jeff Pike Barlow   Catalog: 5637349837 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gipsy Kings,  Jeff Pike Barlow,  Stanley Myers,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Jeff Pike Barlow
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  • 91.
    Fischer-Dieskau - Salzburger Liederabende 1956-1965
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 339050 Release Date: 05/06/2005   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Gerald Moore,  Erik Werba,  Irmgard Seefried
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  • 92.
    Joshua Bell - Romance Of The Violin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 87894 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Robert Schumann,  Jules Massenet,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Jacob Heringman,  John Constable,  Joshua Bell,  Stephen Orton  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Stern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 93.
    Bjorling Rediscovered - Carnegie Hall Recital September 1955
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 53231 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Sjöberg,  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker
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  • 94.
    The Very Best of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75922 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  James McCracken,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Jacques Neilz  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Alberto Erede,  Rafael Kubelik,  Sir Philip Ledger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 95.
    Schubert For Two / Gil Shaham, Göran Söllscher
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471568 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Göran Söllscher,  Gil Shaham
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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    Royal Strings / Charles Rosekrans, Royal PO
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80562 Release Date: 05/22/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Christine Jackson,  Clio Gould
    Conductor:  Charles Rosekranz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 100.
    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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