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After Beethoven

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Franz Schubert. Today, how Schubert faced the challenge of following in the footsteps of Beethoven.

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Franz Schubert. Today, how Schubert faced the challenge of following in the footsteps of Beethoven.

Schubert and Beethoven died within 20 months of each other, but Schubert was a whole generation younger. By the year of Schubert’s birth, 1797, Beethoven had already taken Vienna by storm as the most exciting pianist around, and had begun to make his mark as a composer. By the time Schubert hit his stride as a composer, Beethoven was already a living legend. “Who can do anything after Beethoven?”, the teenage Schubert is said to have said. He spent the rest of his short life demonstrating that he was the answer to that question.

Beethoven
‘Der Zufriedene’, Op 75 No 6
Nicolai Gedda, tenor
Jan Eyron, piano

Schubert
‘Der Zufriedene’, D320
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Gerald Moore, piano

Symphony No 4 in C minor (‘Tragic’), D417 (1st mvt, Adagio molto—Allegro vivace)
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Roger Norrington conductor

String Quartet in A minor, D804 (‘Rosamunde’) (2nd mvt, Andante)
Juilliard Quartet

‘Abschied’, D957 No 7
Werner Güra, tenor
Christoph Berner, piano

‘Der Atlas’, D 957 No 8
Werner Güra, tenor
Christoph Berner, piano

Octet in F for clarinet, horn, bassoon, string quartet and double bass, D803 (2nd mvt, Adagio)
Vienna Octet

‘Auf dem Strom’, D943
Michael Schade, tenor
David Pyatt, horn
Graham Johnson, piano

Produced by Chris Barstow

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Der Zufriedene Op 75 No 6

    Performer: Jan Eyron. Singer: Nicolai Gedda.
    • WARNER 0823692.
    • WARNER.
    • 29.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Zufriedene D.320

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • DG : 477-8989.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No. 4 in C Minor D.417 1st Movement Adagio molto - Allegro vivace

    Performer: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • HÄNSSLER CD 93.288.
    • HÄNSSLER.
    • 5.
  • Franz Schubert

    Quartet No.13 in A Minor D.804 Op.29 2nd movement Andante

    Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet.
    • SONY G0100038206176.
    • SONY.
    • 2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Abschied from Schwanengesang D.957 No 7

    Performer: Christoph Berner. Singer: Werner Güra.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901931.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 7.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Atlas from Schwanengesang D.957 No 8

    Performer: Christoph Berner. Singer: Werner Güra.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901931.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 8.
  • Franz Schubert

    Octet in F Major D.803

    Ensemble: Wiener Oktett.
    • DECCA 466 580-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Auf Dem Strom D.943

    Performer: David Pyatt. Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Michael Schade.
    • HYPERION CDJ33037.
    • HYPERION.
    • 1.

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