The World of Franz Schubert, Part 1

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Franz Schubert reclines in a portrait by Wilhelm August Rieder. Franz Schubert reclines in a portrait by Wilhelm August Rieder. (Wikipedia Commons)

Franz Schubert was born in 1797, at the cusp of the 19th century and amid a rapidly changing landscape of ideas, politics, literature, industry and music. "It was a seething world that Schubert came into," host David Dubal says. The composer would eventually participate in this transformation, helping bridge the Classical and Romantic eras.

The first part of this series explores a selection of the composer's works for the piano that mark this turbulent time, played by superb Schubertians Claudio Arrau, Alfred Brendel and many others.

Reflections from the Keyboard airs Thursdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 10 pm on WQXR.

Program Playlist (all works by Schubert):

Klavierstücke, D. 946 Impromptu No 3
Claudio Arrau

Alt-Wein (arr. Ignaz Friedman)
Stanley Waldoff

Sonata in a minor, D784 (Allegro vivace)
Daniel Shapiro
RPS Classics

Impromptu No 4 in F minor
Alfred Brendel

Der AtlasFranz (arr. Liszt)
Mordecai Shehori
Cembal d'amour

Moments musicaux
Claudio Arrau
Phillips EMI

Piano Sonata in C minor Opus Posth., D958 (4th Mvmt Allegro)
Leonard Shure

Impromptus, D. 899
Clifford Curzon
Phillips Decca

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