Franz Schubert: The Lyric Bard of the Piano

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

The Romantic Piano marks David Dubal’s return to the weekly programming line-up for first time since 2009. On this first of two programs about Schubert, we feature performances from Claudio Arrau, Dino Lipatti, Radu Lupu and others.

Franz Schubert, the lyric bard of music, was born January 31, 1797. He died at the very early age of 31, on November 19, 1828. In his own words, he came into this world for only one purpose — to compose music. And indeed, that was what he did relentlessly until the last, painful final days of his tragic existence.

Schubert lived his short life exclusively in Vienna. His father Franz Theodore was an unassuming schoolmaster who loved music. His mother, Elizabeth, died in 1812 when Schubert was only nine. Each night there was a gathering of chamber music at their home and this is where Schubert first learned his music. From the moment he understood music’s grammar, a torrent of composition poured forth from his mind.



Schubert: Polonaise in B Flat Major / Helen and Karl Ulrich Schnabel

Schubert: Impromptu D. 899 A Flat Major / Sir Clifford Curzon

Schubert: Moments Musicaux No. 3 / Frank Levy

Schubert: Moments Musicaux No. 3 / Claudio Arrau

Schubert: Moments Musicaux No. 5 in F minor / Claudio Arrau

Schubert: Piano Sonata D. 960, IV. Allegro ma non troppo / Annie Fischer

Schubert/Liszt: Auf Dem Wasser Zu Singen / Evgeny Kissin

Schubert: Sonata Finale in A minor D. 784 / Radu Lupu

Schubert: Marche Militaire, D. 733/1 / Evgeny Kissin

Schubert: Impromptu in G Flat D. 899 No.3 / Dino Lipatti

Comments [17]

Bob E from Stony Creek

David Dubal's works are all great. Thank you.

Jan. 27 2014 09:35 PM
Rob DeLand from Chicago

This series just started last Saturday (10-12-2013) on WFMT in Chicago, and I too am delighted to hear another fine David Dubal series. I also appreciate seeing the "set lists" and other information here. Here's hoping that the next series is already under way! Thank you.

Oct. 17 2013 04:32 PM
argemiro brison fh from brasil

adoro o clássicos das melhores musicas e bons artistas

Apr. 26 2013 09:36 AM
Meredith from nyc

What a pleasure to hear Dubal again. Please keep him on regularly. We need his excellent listener education and entertainment. We need more talk shows,tho at times Bill M at 10pm is interesting. I miss sunday's Mad About Music. Please bring back 1st Hearing and such. These shows encouraged listening and buying of records, and isn't that the point?

How about a similar to the old 1st Hearing, and have David Dubal and other piano critics as judges.

Apr. 14 2013 02:43 PM
Margot Dilmaghani from Purchase, New York

Thank you, WQXR. Thank you David Dubal. The depth and humanity offered enhance our appreciation for the lives and works of the beloved Romantic piano composers Exquisite and rare food for the soul of pianists and listeners who are grateful to be alive after those compositions were published.
More series with Mr. Dubal, more often on WQXR, please.

Apr. 12 2013 06:20 PM

Wonderful show. Please make Dubal's old shows available on the website for listening. I look forward to the rest of the series.

Apr. 11 2013 09:03 AM
Richard Bloomenstein from Englewood, New Jersey

It was certainly a treat and privilege to hear David Dubal last night in one of his infrequent programs. The music was beautiful, his comments were insightful and mellifluous. We need to hear more. Please bring back Dubal's former brainchild "The Piano in Comparative Analysis". Perhaps WQXR could sacrifice one of the canned commercial shows.

Apr. 08 2013 02:05 PM
Gerry DeChaves from Summit, New Jersey

So glad to have David Dubal's program back on. I hope WQXR keeps it going. I particularly enjoyed the "comparative" analyses Mr. Dubal used to bring out. There are a lot of music lovers, like me, that need to be pointed in the right direction to fully appreciate a piece. He does that. Thank you to David Dubal for doing it and Thank You WQXR for putting it back on. I missed it.

Apr. 08 2013 01:51 PM
Madison from Manhattan

Welcome back David, a cultured voice of musical civility, knowledge and passion. Should have never been removed.Thank you WQXR.

Apr. 08 2013 10:21 AM
Frank Schramm

I am very delighted to know that Mr. Dubal is back on WQXR.
One of the finest and intriguing hosts there is!
Excellent program.
Thank you !

Apr. 07 2013 10:43 PM

I'm delighted that David Dubal is back on WQXR!
Russ McKinnon

Apr. 07 2013 10:12 PM
Mark Seligman

I was delighted to see David Dubal's return to the airwaves. He is the real deal--a unique combination of artist, intellect, passion and the ability to communicate as few are able. Bravo to WQXR for airing this new 13 week series!

Apr. 07 2013 05:04 PM
Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey

Let me join those who are thanking WQXR for bringing back David Dubal: he has been sorely missed since he was jettisoned at the time of the WNYC takeover, and his insights (not only into music but into wider areas of culture and art) are always appreciated and obviously his own, not read from copy as sometimes seems to be the case with the daily announcers.

Apr. 07 2013 12:50 PM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

Terms like "art appreciation" and "music appreciation" seem abstract unless the individual providing the insights for appreciation are of the caliber of Mr. Dubal.

The highest caliber.

Apr. 06 2013 07:20 PM
Nick K. from Putnam County

Thank goodness for David Dubal. So, civilized...listening to his show, his analysis, the music, leaves me with the delightful delusion that all is well with the world. It's to his credit that he brings us such great art with wonderful insight and temperament. And oh yes! Ya' gotta' love the old recordings he digs up of past masters of the keyboard.

Apr. 05 2013 03:05 PM
Sibel from Brooklyn

Was so excited to hear about this series and so glad you made it available for streaming and download. Perfect balance of academic and lifestyle information and superb recording selections. Now to wait another week...! Thank you!

Apr. 04 2013 10:35 PM

Thanks for bringing David Dubal back to WQXR. I enjoyed the program tonight and will certainly tune in next week.

Apr. 04 2013 08:59 PM

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