Top 10 Schubert Recordings

Ian Bostridge

Franz Schubert was one of the most naturally gifted and prolific composers in history. When he died as a result of contracting syphilis at the shockingly young age of 31, he had completed a staggering array of masterpieces, including some of the finest song-cycles, symphonies, chamber music and piano works in the repertoire. The selected recordings below are intended as 10 perfect departure points for exploring Schubert's music, 10 recordings which are highly recommended by Gramophone and which we hope will inspire a life-long love of Schubert's music. 

No 3 

Piano Quintet in A, 'Trout'
Frank Braley pf Renaud Capuçon vn Gérard Causse va Gautier Capuçon vc Alois Posch db

'The happy, carefree nature of the music is captured perfectly on a beautifully clear recording; it’s especially notable how every detail of the double bass’s contribution, a very spirited one, is clearly heard yet with no sense that Alois Posch is "bringing out" his part.' 

No 5

Die Schöne Müllerin
Ian Bostridge ten Graham Johnson pf

'Bostridge and Johnson go to the heart of the matter, the young tenor in his aching tones and naturally affecting interpretation, the pianist in his perceptive, wholly apposite playing – and, of course, in his extensive notes. The sum of their joint efforts is a deeply satisfying experience.'

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