Franz Schubert

Born 31 January 1797. Died 19 November 1828.

Austrian composer Franz Peter Schubert

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Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, 'Unfinished'

Iván Fischer conducts a performance of Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony No. 8.

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Franz Peter Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer.

Despite dying at age thirty-one, Schubert was extremely prolific. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical era and early Romantic era and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Schubert Edition Vol. 7: Erlkönig (baritone: Matthias Goerne; piano: Andreas Haefliger)

    Schubert Edition Vol. 7: Erlkönig (baritone: Matthias Goerne; piano: Andreas Haefliger) 2013

    Reviewed by Graham Rogers
    The pair exhibits a refined style on these illuminating performances.
  2. Review of Lieder on Record 1898-2012

    Lieder on Record 1898-2012 2012

    Reviewed by Daniel Ross
    These 17 discs comprise essential foundations for any record collection.
  3. Review of Heliopolis (feat. piano: Ingo Metzmacher; bar: Matthias Goerne)

    Heliopolis (feat. piano: Ingo Metzmacher; bar: Matthias Goerne) 2009

    Reviewed by Michael Quinn
    A dark, yearning poetry that’s discreetly powerful and wholly persuasive.
  4. Review of Die Schone Mullerin (James Gilchrist & Anna Tilbrook)

    Die Schone Mullerin (James Gilchrist & Anna Tilbrook) 2009

    Reviewed by Andrew Mellor
    Gilchrist’s performance encapsulates the naive introspection of Schubert's doomed miller.
  5. Review of Der Tod Und Das Madchen

    Der Tod Und Das Madchen 2008

    Reviewed by Charlotte Gardner
    You'd have to be a real hater of too-presto prestos not to be seduced by these musicians.
  6. Review of The Wanderer: Lieder & Fragments

    The Wanderer: Lieder & Fragments 2008

    Reviewed by Charlotte Gardner
    By golly is it an impressive compilation.
  7. Review of Piano Trio no. 2 in E flat

    Piano Trio no. 2 in E flat 2007

    Reviewed by Matthew Shorter
    All round, a flawless account, celebrating a Schubert who is as much the son of Haydn...
  8. Review of Late Piano Sonatas

    Late Piano Sonatas 2007

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    The recording is refined, intimate enough but never in-your-face, and delicately...
  9. Review of Death and the Maiden

    Death and the Maiden 2006

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    It’s the first recording the Takacs has made for its new label Hyperion, and they...
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