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Franz Schubert

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Franz Schubert artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Concerts

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrate the 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall in a special gala concert.

October 2, 2013 Hear a concert of classics, and a new work, marking the 10th year of Frank Gehry's shining Hall.

The Takacs Quartet played Bartok and Schubert last week at the Savannah Music Festival.

April 3, 2012 The revered group plays intricate Bartók and passionate Schubert at the Savannah Music Festival.

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Music by Bach helped launch the unusual career of Simone Dinnerstein.

July 13, 2011 Hear the pianist play Bach and Schubert in recital at the Savannah Music Festival.

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Franz Schubert engraving

September 29, 2010 Members of the Emerson Quartet present Schubert's two piano trios, which he wrote in his last year.

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July 17, 2008 The commanding pianist performs one of his favorite pieces with members of the L.A. Philharmonic.

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September 12, 2007 The legendary pianist is back with both hands, reviving a career once compromised by injury.

Studio Sessions

Pianist Paul Lewis is drawn to the late piano sonatas by Franz Schubert.

November 7, 2013 The pianist describes this sinister, delusive music as a violent dream merging with reality.

Matthew Polenzani.

August 11, 2011 Tenor Matthew Polenzani and pianist Julius Drake lead a journey into Schubert's vivid song cycle.

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Interviews & Profiles

Choreographer Bill T. Jones at an appearance earlier this year.

January 21, 2014 The choreographer and dancer says music "helps us bear the pain through sheer beauty and intensity."

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From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.

November 15, 2012 Hear an eclectic mix of music as the adventurous cellist spins his favorites in the studio.

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Jan Vogler, cellist and artistic director of the Moritzburg Festival in Dresden, Germany.

September 2, 2011 Cellist Jan Vogler solicited playful, personal variations on this famous chamber music staple.

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Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has a passion for rhythmically free musical lines.

April 13, 2011 Hear the pianist pick favorite recordings, from Lorraine Hunt Lieberson to Leonard Cohen.

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Cover art for Gabriel Prokofiev's latest CD

January 24, 2010 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an extra-wide assortment of new classical music.

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Schubert's song cycle depicts an emotional journey through a barren landscape.

December 8, 2009 The solitary and psychological mix in Schubert's masterful song cycle, Winterreise.

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An engraving of Franz Schubert, a year before he wrote his famed String Quintet in C.

August 18, 2009 Hear Schubert's personal brand of lyrical melancholy in his innovative String Quintet in C.

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May 11, 2006 The acclaimed conductor probes the religious side of Franz Schubert through his Mass No. 5.

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May 10, 2006 The celebrated conductor discusses the searching, bittersweet quality of Franz Schubert's music.

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Discover Songs

Which composer would you choose to have dinner with?

November 5, 2010 This week, we asked the question: which long-gone composer would make the perfect dinner guest.

Cover art for Gabriel Prokofiev's latest CD

January 24, 2010 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an extra-wide assortment of new classical music.

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Violinist Janine Jansen

December 4, 2009 This year's crop was strong for Russians, as well as a young generation of masterful musicians.

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July 23, 2008 On his birthday, hear Fleisher's best recordings, chosen by Pulitzer-winning critic Tim Page.

News

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) in the second installment of Guy Ritchie's steampunk action-mystery franchise.

December 28, 2011 Can only movie villains love classical music? The new Sherlock Holmes flick turns around a trope.

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

October 4, 2010 The venerable British classical music magazine has announced winners in 24 categories.

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Christoph Eschenbach

October 2, 2010 The conductor, who could never be accused of blandness, finds a new home in Washington, D.C.

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Reviews

Tenor Mark Padmore (right) and pianist Paul Lewis have teamed up again for the songs of Franz Schubert.

December 6, 2011 Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis find the bitterness between Schubert's deceivingly sweet lines.

Violinist Soovin Kim, pianist Mitsuko Uchida and cellist David Soyer caught in a light moment at the Marlboro Music Festival

August 2, 2011 Memorable performances from a fabled summer festival, newly available.

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Jascha Heifetz set new precision standards for the classical violin.

March 28, 2011 With the release of a 103-CD Heifetz box set, one blogger had his work cut out for him.

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili

February 27, 2011 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic assortment of new releases.

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More Stories

The new album by The Knights, A Second of Silence, celebrates Schubert and more modern but like-minded composers.

May 5, 2012 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic mix of new classical releases.

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July 8, 2005 Two greats close a week of conversations and performances from Chamber Music Northwest.

Pope Benedict XVI addresses the audience at Milan's La Scala opera house where he heard a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

February 27, 2013 With retirement imminent, the Pope will have more time to indulge in his love of music.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

December 14, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

July 20, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Side effects may include herzschmerz und wehmut.

November 4, 2011 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Conductor Ivan Fischer leads his Budapest Festival Orchestra in a program of Bartok and Schubert live at Carnegie Hall, Saturday, Oct. 29.

October 27, 2011 Ivan Fischer conducted a songful symphony by Schubert and a finger-twisting concerto by Bartok.

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A languishing lute player

September 27, 2010 What's the saddest music you know? Hear the finest of the forlorn and the best of the bereaved.

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December 12, 2006 WGUC music director Kent Teeters compiled this list of the year's best classical CD discoveries.

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