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Who Is Schubert?

Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 30 March 2012

Who is Schubert?

With 200 hours of broadcasting and more than a thousand performances, over eight and a half days, BBC Radio 3 presents the biggest ever celebration of Schubert, his music and his life. Including performances of all his completed music and unique broadcasts of his unfinished works, Radio 3 devotes its entire schedule to one of the greatest ever composers. When he died at the age of 31 in 1828, he left a vast body of work, and with live daily performances across the UK, specially commissioned completions of his music and unprecedented analysis of the man behind the music, now, for the first time on this scale, BBC Radio 3 unravels the spirit of this prolific composer.

Throughout the day at 1000, 1500 and 1745 Tom Service presents The Schubert Lab - exploring the issues of the day and answering questions about Schubert's life and music.

Today we ask who is Schubert? Clearly a man, trapped in a body vulnerable to the fortunes and misfortunes of the day, the whims of others, health, sickness, temptation and disease. But also a creative persona, capable of sublime visions in which intellect, sensuality and spirituality meet with unique consequences. We try to get to the essence of the man, and what the music tells of him.

Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's Breakfast Show celebrating The Spirit of Schubert.

Music Played

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    Franz Schubert D.154 Sonata for piano (D.154) in E major

    Performer: Christoph Keller (piano)

    Musikszene Schweiz 74

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    Franz Schubert Sanctus - canon with coda for 3 voices (D.56) in B flat major

    Performer: Choir of North German Radio Performer: Werner Hagen (conductor)

    German Radio recording via EBU

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    Franz Schubert Symphony No 6 in C D.589; 2nd mvt – Andante

    Performer: The London Classical Players Performer: Roger Norrington (conductor)

    EMI CDC 7 54210 2

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    Franz Schubert D.002e Fantasie in c für Klavier

    Performer: Gilbert Schuchter (piano)

    TUDOR 744/46

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    Franz Schubert Winterreise; Die Post

    Performer: Florian Boesch (baritone) Performer: Malcolm Martineau (piano)

    Onyx 4077

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    Franz Schubert D.722 Deutscher for piano (D.722) in G flat major

    Performer: Michael Endres (piano)

    Capriccio 49242

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    Franz Schubert D.725 Linde Weste wehen (D.725)

    Performer: Regina Jakobi (alto) Performer: Markus Schafer (tenor) Performer: Ulrich Eisenlohr (piano)

    Naxos 8570962

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    Franz Schubert D.783 2 Ecossaisen for piano (D.783) [Op.33]

    Performer: Michel Dalberto (piano)

    Brilliant Classics 94093

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    Franz Schubert Quintet in A D.667 "The Trout"; Scherzo

    Performer: Alban Berg Quartet Performer: Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano)

    EMI CDC 7 47448 2

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    Franz Schubert D.673 Die Liebende schreibt (D.673)

    Performer: Marjana Lipovsek (mezzo-soprano) Performer: Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion CDJ33029

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    Franz Schubert 12 Deutsche [German dances] for piano (D.790)

    Performer: Mitsuko Ushida (piano)

    Philips 470 265-2

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    Franz Schubert Am ersten Maimorgen (D.344)

    Performer: Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone) Performer: Ulrich Eisenlohr (fortepiano)

    Naxos 8.557569

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    Franz Schubert Fantasie D.934 – final mvt

    Performer: Raphaël Oleg (violin) Performer: Gérard Wyss (piano)

    Denon Co-75636

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    Franz Schubert D.594 Der Kampf (D.594)

    Performer: Neal davies (tenor) Performer: Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion CDJ33034

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    Franz Schubert Overture in E minor D648

    Performer: Staatskapelle Dresden Performer: Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)

    Philips 446 536-2

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    Franz Schubert D.632 Vom Mitleiden Maria (D.632)

    Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) Performer: Gerald Moore (piano)

    DG 437 228-2

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    Franz Schubert Der Knabe (D.692) (the boy)

    Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) Performer: Gerald Moore (piano)

    DG 437 2252

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    Franz Schubert Psalm 23 D.706

    Performer: BBC Singers Performer: Susan Tomes (piano) Performer: Jane Glover (conductor)

    Collins 14992

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    Franz Schubert Symphony No 5 in B flat D.485; first mvt

    Performer: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Performer: Frans Brüggen (conductor)

    Philips 446 100-2

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    Franz Schubert Variation on a waltz by Diabelli (D.718) [no.38 in 50 Veranderungen...]

    Performer: Laurent Cabasso (piano)

    NAIVE V5282

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    Franz Schubert Allegretto for piano (D.900) in C minor

    Performer: Christoph Keller (piano)

    MGB CTS-M 74

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    Franz Schubert Wiedersehn (D.855)

    Performer: Ian Bostridge (tenor) Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

    EMI 5 16443 2

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    Franz Schubert String Quartet in E major D.353; Minuet

    Performer: Leipzig String Quartet

    MDG 307 0609-2

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    Franz Schubert Im Walde (Ich wandre uber Berg und Tal) (D.834)

    Performer: Robert Holl (bass baritone) Performer: Konrad Richter (piano)

    Preiser Records 93356

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    Franz Schubert Sonatina for violin and piano no. 2 (D.385) in A minor

    Performer: Szymon Goldberg (violin) Performer: Radu Lupu (piano)

    Decca 425 539-2

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