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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: The Complete Piano Sonatas / Badura-Skoda
Release Date: 09/01/2017   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88985395492   Number of Discs: 12
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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: Piano Works For Four Hands, Vol. 6 / Humphreys, Markham
Release Date: 11/13/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572699   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Piano Trios D 929 & D 897 / Stuttgart Piano Trio
Release Date: 02/05/1993   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550132   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Impromptu no 3 in G flat major

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    BBC Legends, Vol. 2
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5141 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Niccolň Paganini,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Nathan Milstein,  Ernest Lush  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Rudolf Schwarz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Dinu Lipatti Collection: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 17011 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Enescu,  Johannes Brahms,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Nadia Boulanger,  Marie-Blanche de Polignac,  Irčne Kedroff  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans von Benda,  Ernest Ansermet,  Alceo Galliera,  Eduard van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Richter Plays Schubert: Live in Moscow
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 17005 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Benjamin Britten,  Nina Dorliak
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    Mstislav Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559857 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Alexander Dedyukhin,  Alexander Dedyuhkin,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Adrian Boult,  George Szell,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Immortal Dinu Lipatti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559346 Release Date: 02/03/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Nadia Boulanger
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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    Mstislav Rostropovich: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002593102 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 37
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Martha Argerich,  Rudolf Serkin,  Bruno Giuranna  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Herbert von Karajan,  Seiji Ozawa,  Paul Sacher  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Ergodos   Catalog: 22 Release Date: 09/02/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Simon O'Connor,  Franz Schubert,  Bened Schlepper-Connolly  ... 
    Performer:  Michael McHale
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    Piano Daydreams / Argerich, Barenboim, Lang
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002529802 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Dino Ciani,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
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    100 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556480 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Discover Piano Classics
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300719 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Erik Satie,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Andrej Hoteev,  Jeroen van Veen,  Matthias Kirschnereit  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    Traum Suß, Mein Baby, Vol. 2 (Sweet Dreams, My Baby)
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 11016 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert,  George Frideric Handel,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Hélčne Gŕl,  Arife Gülsen Tatu,  Anna Lelkes,  Miklós Spányi  ... 
    Conductor:  Henry Adolph,  Sidney Lark,  Carlo Pantelli,  Alberto Lizzio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozart Soloists
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    Schubert: Works Arranged for Harp / Jones
    Label: Claudio   Catalog: 6032 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Ieuan Jones
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    Schubert: Works Arranged for Harp / Jones [DVD Audio]
    Label: Claudio   Catalog: 6032 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Ieuan Jones
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    Sofronitsky: Concert Recordings [5 CD + DVD]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002312 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Sofronitzki
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    Berlioz: Symphonie Fanstastique; Schubert: Impromptu; Chopin: Fantaisie
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1448 Release Date: 02/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexandre Rabinovitch
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch
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    Dino Ciani, Vol. 2
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 80446 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Dino Ciani
    Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
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    Alfred Brendel: Complete Philips Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434302 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 114
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Imogen Cooper,  Sylvia McNair,  Eduard Brunner  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Bernard Haitink,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Rhapsody in Blue / Mailley-Smith
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith
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    The Lady In The Van [original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 509363 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Fenton,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Kira Doherty,  Clare Hammond,  George Fenton
    Conductor:  George Fenton
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    Piano Legends / Michelangeli, Argerich, Brendel
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: OA 1153BD Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli,  Martha Argerich,  Paul Gulda  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Arming
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
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    James Brawn: In Recital, Vol. 2
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1502 Release Date: 11/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  James Brawn
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    Clair de Lune & Liebestraum - Piano Music To Dream By
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88697757892 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Van Cliburn,  Vladimir Horowitz,  Artur Rubinstein,  Glenn Gould  ... 
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    Brahms Inspired
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Bruce Adolphe,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Orli Shaham
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    Liebestraum: Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94989 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Misha Goldstein
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    Tempo Trapezio / Misha Quint, Svetlana Gorokhovich
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 323 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Richard Strauss,  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Thomas Fortmann  ... 
    Performer:  Misha Quint,  Svetlana Gorokhovich
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