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Introducing Franz Schubert

Feat. the Master himself and more

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In the 1960s the British musicologist, William Mann, caused a stir by claiming that The Beatles were the greatest song writers since Schubert.

Born in Vienna in 1797, Schubert was certainly one of the most prolific song writers in musical history, composing over 600 individual songs before his untimely death aged only 31. We will hear several of his finest, which his publisher collected in an album after the composer’s death and named “Swan Song”: several of these songs have haunting melodies which have become known in instrumental arrangements, and in all of them one may hear his sense of drama and sensitivity to the words he set. But Schubert was far more than just a songwriter touched with genius; inspired by Beethoven, he brought both the piano sonata and the symphony to new levels of expressiveness, laying the foundations for such contrasting symphonists as Mahler and Bruckner. He also wrote some of his greatest music for chamber ensemble, some of which we have previously featured, including the almost iconic string quartet “Death and the Maiden”. We shall be revisiting that striking work as reimagined by the remarkable young violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. But first, we present another chamber work for a most unusual instrument…

Curation: Daniel Jaffé

Speaker: David Hall

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • Introducing Franz Schubert

  • An introduction to Schubert — Sonata in a minor D 821 »Arpeggione«

  • Sonata in a minor D 821 »Arpeggione« Preview Only

    Franz Schubert

    Antoine Tamestit, Markus Hadulla2009
  • An introduction to Schubert — Symphony No. 8 in C major D 944 »Die Große«

  • Symphony No. 8 in C major D 944 »Die Große« Preview Only

    Franz Schubert

    Sir Colin Davis, Staatskapelle Dresden1996
  • An introduction to Schubert — Schwanengesang D 957

  • Schwanengesang D 957 Preview Only

    Franz Schubert

    Christoph Prégardien, Andreas Staier2008
  • An Introduction to "Death and the Maiden" – Reimagined by Patricia Kopatchinskaja

  • Toden Tanz Preview Only

    August Nörmiger (arr. Michi Wiancko)

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra2015
  • Byzantine Chant on Psalm 140 Preview Only

    Anonymous (arr. Patricia Kopatchinskaja)

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra2015
  • String Quartet No. 14 in d minor D 810 »Der Tod und das Mädchen« - I. Allegro Preview Only

    Franz Schubert (arr. Patricia Kopatchinskaja)

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra2015
  • Seaven Teares Preview Only

    John Dowland

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra2015
  • String Quartet No. 14 in d minor D 810 »Der Tod und das Mädchen« - II. Andante con moto Preview Only

    Franz Schubert (arr. Patricia Kopatchinskaja)

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra2015
  • Madrigal Libre 6 Nr. 17 »Moro, lasso, al mio duolo« Preview Only

    Carlo Gesualdo

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra2015
  • String Quartet No. 14 in d minor D 810 »Der Tod und das Mädchen« - III. Scherzo. Allegro molto Preview Only

    Franz Schubert (arr. Patricia Kopatchinskaja)

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra2015
  • Kafka Fragmente op. 24 - I. Teil, 4. Ruhelos Preview Only

    György Kurtág

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra2015
  • String Quartet No. 14 in d minor D 810 »Der Tod und das Mädchen« - IV. Presto Preview Only

    Franz Schubert (arr. Patricia Kopatchinskaja)

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra2015
  • An introduction to Schubert — Fantasie in C major D 760 »Wanderer-Fantasie«

  • Fantasie in C major D 760 »Wanderer-Fantasie« Preview Only

    Franz Schubert

    Danae Dörken2014

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