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 Lieder Edition
Release Date: 11/15/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8503801   Number of Discs: 38
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Schubert: Der Wanderer / Williams, Burnside
Release Date: 08/26/2016   Label: Delphian  
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Work: Der Musensohn, D 764/Op. 92 no 1

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    Schubert: Lieder / Gérard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422418 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gérard Souzay,  Dalton Baldwin
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  • 59.
    Schubert: Lieder / Sharon Rostofr-Zamir, Daniel Gortler
    Label: Roméo Records   Catalog: 7265 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Daniel Gortler,  Sharon Rostorf-Zamir
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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    Schubert: Lieder / Hans-Peter Blochwitz, Rudolf Jansen
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438932 Release Date: 04/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Rudolf Jansen,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Marie-Luise Neunecker
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  • 62.
    The Art of Christa Ludwig
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 17608 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Gioachino Rossini,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Gerald Moore,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer,  Herbert von Karajan,  Tullio Serafin,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 63.
    Schubert: Lieder / Lorenz, Shetler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8414 Release Date: 03/04/2008   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Norman Shetler,  Siegfried Lorenz
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  • 64.
    Elisabeth Schumann Sings Schubert
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 63040 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann,  Karl Alwin,  George Reeves,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Leo Rosenek
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  • 65.
    An Anthology Of Song Vol 1
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1356 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Hugo Wolf,  Ferdinand Ries,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Petre Munteanu,  Clara Senius-Erler,  Felix Senius,  Therese Behr-Schnabel  ... 
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  • 66.
    An Anthology Of Song, Vol 3  - Schubert, Et Al / Leo Slezak
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1366 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Richard Strauss,  Hugo Wolf  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Slezak
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  • 67.
    Schubert: Lieder / Arleen Auger, Lambert Orkis
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 59630 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Lambert Orkis,  Arleen Augér
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  • 68.
    Mozart, Schubert, Wolf: Lieder / Schwarzkopf, Et Al
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 325 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Gerald Moore,  Edwin Fischer,  Walter Gieseking
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  • 69.
    Schubert: Lieder / Nancy Argenta, Melvyn Tan
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54175 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Melvyn Tan,  Nancy Argenta,  Eric Hoeprich
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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    The Aldenburgh Connection - Schubert Among Friends
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81365 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gillian Keith,  Stephen Ralls,  Gerald Finley,  Michael Schade  ... 
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  • 72.
    Schubert: Lieder / Christoph Prégardien, Michael Gees
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 3632982 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Michael Gees
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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    Schubert: Songs / Schreier, Schiff
    Label: Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  András Schiff
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  • 75.
    Schubert: Lieder / Fischer-Dieskau, Moore
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000507702 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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