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Schubert and Friends

Martin Handley presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, continuing a celebration of Schubert's life and work.

The Spirit of Schubert - Schubert and Friends

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.

Today we celebrate Schubert and his Friends. The spirit of camaraderie reflected in much of Schubert's music was essential to the life of the composer and his close-knit circle - friends in music, other arts and other professions, who wrote texts for dozens of his songs and made for the psychological well-being which could only aid his creativity and ease the later bouts of illness and depression. Today The Spirit of Schubert investigates how important those friends were to the creativity and productivity of a composer who lived life to the full.

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.

Martin Handley presents Radio 3's classical Breakfast Show.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Grazer Galopp, D.925

    Performer: Andras Schiff (piano)

    • DECCA 4581392.
  • Franz Schubert

    Offertorio in C major, D.136

    Performer: Magdalena Hajossyova (soprano) Performer: Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin Performer: Dietrich Knothe (conductor)

    • CAPRICCIO 49441.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rondo in D (Notre amitie est invariable), D.608 (for piano duet)

    Performer: Yaara Tal (piano) Performer: Andreas Groethuysen (piano)

    • SONY CLASSICAL S2K 58955.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Trio in B flat major, D.111A (fragment)

    Performer: Andreas Seidel (violin) Performer: Ivo Bauer (viola) Performer: Matthias Moosdorf (cello)

    • MD&G MDG20706252.
  • Franz Schubert

    Psalm 23, D.706

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

    • COLLINS CLASSICS 14992.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fugue in C major, D.024A

    Performer: Christoph Heller (piano)

    • MGB CTS-M 74.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fugue in G major, D.024B

    Performer: Elisabeth Ullmann (organ)

    • MDG O3343.
  • Franz Schubert

    Lob der Tranen, D.711 (A W von Schlegel)

    Performer: Matthias Goerne (baritone) Performer: Graham Johnson (piano)

    • HYPERION CDJ33027.
  • Franz Schubert

    Am See, D.746 (Bruchmann)

    Performer: Ian Bostridge (tenor) Performer: Julius Drake (piano)

    • EMI CDC5571412.
  • Franz Schubert

    An die Natur, D372 (Stolberg)

    Performer: Elizabeth Connell (soprano) Performer: Graham Johnson (piano)

    • HYPERION CDJ33005.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sehnsucht, D.516 (Mayrhofer)

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

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4372252.
  • Franz Schubert

    Scherzo from Trio no.1 for piano, violin & cello, op.99, D.898

    Performer: Eugene Istomin (piano) Performer: Isaac Stern (violin) Performer: Leonard Rose (cello)

    • SONY CLASSICAL SM3K46425.
  • Franz Schubert

    Morgengruss from Die Schone Mullerin, D.795

    Performer: Werner Gura (tenor) Performer: Jan Schultsz (piano)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC901708.
  • Franz Schubert

    Kyrie in D minor for soprano, tenor, choir, orchestra and organ D.31

    Performer: Lucia Popp (soprano) Performer: Adolf Dallapozza (tenor) Performer: Bavarian Radio Chorus Performer: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchesta Performer: Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)

    • EMI CLASSICS 50999 028474 2 9.
  • Franz Schubert

    Memnon, Op.6.1, D.541

    Performer: Christoph Pregardien (tenor) Performer: Andreas Staier (fortepiano)

    • TELDEC 8573855562.
  • Franz Schubert

    Thirteen Variations on a Theme by Anselm Huttenbrenner, D.576

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

    • BBC BBCL42222.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fugue in D minor, D.024C

    Performer: Elisabeth Ullmann (organ)

    • MDG O3343.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fugue in C major, D.024D (fragment)

    Performer: Ashley Wass (piano)

    • BBC Recording: Specially recorded at Maida Vale, 27/02/12.
  • Franz Schubert

    Gott in der Natur, D.757

    Performer: Sibylla Rubens (soprano) Performer: Silke Schwarz (soprano) Performer: Regina Jakobi (alto) Performer: Ingeborg Danz (alto) Performer: Ulrich Eisenlohr (piano)

    • NAXOS 8570962.
  • Franz Schubert

    6 Ecossaises for piano (D.421)

    Performer: Michael Endres (piano)

    • CAPRICCIO 49 242.
  • Franz Schubert

    Genugsamkeit, D.143

    Performer: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano) Performer: Graham Johnson (piano)

    • HYPERION CDJ33022.
  • Franz Schubert

    Deutscher in C sharp minor and Ecossaise in D flat major for piano (D.643)

    Performer: Michael Endres (piano)

    • CAPRICCIO 49 242.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fugue in E minor, D.952 (for piano duet)

    Performer: Paul Lewis (piano) Performer: Steven Osborne (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA67665.

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