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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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Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica Play Schubert
Release Date: 02/24/2009   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 3072238   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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  • 26.
    Schubert: The Complete Lieder Edition [38-CD Set]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503801 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 38
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Christian Elsner,  Ulrich Eisenlohr,  Roman Trekel,  Michael Volle  ... 
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  • 27.
    Best Schubert 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 80429 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elmar Schloter,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Alfredo Dallapozza,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Herbert von Karajan,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    BBC Legends - Janet Baker
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 50062 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ernest Chausson,  Hector Berlioz,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Dame Janet Baker,  Martin Isepp,  Geoffrey Parsons
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Norman Del Mar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Peter Schreier: Songs And Arias
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300222 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Albert Lortzing,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Karl-Dietfried Adam,  Peter Schreier,  Walter Olbertz,  Konrad Ragossnig  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Siegfried Kurz,  Robert Hanell,  Kurt Sanderling  ... 
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  • 30.
    Peter Anders Singt Arien Und Lieder
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94214 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Anders,  Sena Jurinac,  Nata Tüscher,  Heinz Mende  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Paul Burkhardt
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  • 31.
    Icon - Elisabeth Schumann - Silver Thread Of Song
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 18480 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann,  Karl Alwin,  George Reeves,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Leo Rosenek,  Bruno Reibold,  Karl Alwin,  Albert Coates  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Icon - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Perfect Prima Donna
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 18459 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  J. Edward Merret,  Harold Jackson,  Geraint Jones,  Manoug Parikian  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Gellhorn,  Otto Klemperer,  Thurston Dart,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 33.
    Schubert Lied-Edition Vol 9
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 40034 Release Date: 11/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Erna Berger,  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Kathleen Ferrier,  Isobel Baillie  ... 
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  • 34.
    Schubert: Lieder
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 28598 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Lambert Orkis
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  • 35.
    Lieder / Slezak, Schlusnus, Rehkemper, Manowarda
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459008 Release Date: 07/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Hugo Wolf,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schacker,  Leo Slezak,  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Franz Rupp  ... 
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  • 36.
    Schubert: Favorite Lieder / Gerard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802012 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dalton Baldwin,  Gérard Souzay
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  • 37.
    Schubert: Lieder / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau [21 CDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001431302 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Gerald Moore
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  • 38.
    Schubert: Schwanengesang, 7 Lieder / Fischer-Dieskau, Moore
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415188 Release Date: 04/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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  • 39.
    Dreams Of Spring
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149462 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Bern,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Best Of Thomas Quasthoff
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 757143 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff,  Charles Spencer,  Montserrat Caballé
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  • 41.
    Schubert: Lieder / Jessye Norman, Phillip Moll
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412623 Release Date: 01/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Phillip Moll,  Jessye Norman
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  • 42.
    Schubert, Mahler: Wanderer Lieder
    Label: Ameson   Catalog: 517 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Anne Le Bozec,  Christoph Sökler
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  • 43.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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  • 44.
    The Quiristers Of Winchester College Sing Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart & Schubert
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84507 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Francis Brett,  Robert Bottone,  Edward Evershed,  William Gibb  ... 
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  • 45.
    Schubert: Lieder Vol 3 / Wolfgang Holzmair, Gerard Wyss
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 791 Release Date: 06/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair,  Gérard Wyss
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  • 46.
    Ich Liebe Dich
    Label: Waterside   Catalog: 5637334611 Release Date: 06/02/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Marx,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  James Jelasic,  Jon Lackey
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  • 47.
    Schubert, Beethoven, Grieg, Britten, Trojahn: Lieder / Daniel Behle, Oliver Schnyder
    Label: Phoenix Edition   Catalog: 154 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edvard Grieg,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Oliver Schnyder,  Daniel Behle
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  • 48.
    Schwetzinger Festspielreihe - Liederabend 1965 / Fritz Wunderlich, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93701 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen
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  • 49.
    Schubert: Schwanengesang / Daniel Lichti
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9302 Release Date: 05/04/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Janina Fialkowska,  Daniel Lichti
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  • 50.
    Christa Ludwig - Lieder Recital
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102149 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Mahler,  Hugo Wolf,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Charles Spencer
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