Heavenly Schubert

Austrian composer Franz Schubert died at age 31. He left us more than 600 songs (Lieder), as well as chamber music, piano music, symphonies, and more. All of these express the events, illness, and tragedy that made up his life.

The performers of today’s music are Lucas and Arthur Jussen. They have performed with nearly all Dutch orchestras, among which the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam and The Hague Philharmonic orchestras, and the Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. They have also performed with acclaimed international orchestras, among others the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, MDR Sinfonie Orchester and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. They have worked with conductors for example Jaap van Zweden, Claus Peter Flor, Elihu Inbal, Jan Willem de Vriend, Stéphane Denève, James Gaffigan, Sir Neville Marriner and Frans Brüggen. Moreover, they have collaborated with several renowned musicians such as Chinese star pianist Lang Lang, with whom Lucas shared the stage during the Prinsengracht Concert in Amsterdam in 2006. In October 2013, Lucas and Arthur performed the world première of Together, a work for two pianos written for them especially by Theo Loevendie.

One of my favorite compositions is Schubert’s Fantasie in F-Minor for piano 4 hands. Listen to this music, and explore how it feels:

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