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Monday, October 10, 2016

Franz Schubert - Serenade : Nana Mouskouri + Isaac Stern

Nana Mouskouri
Franz Schubert - Serenade

Franz Peter Schubert (German pronunciation: [ˈfʁant͡s ˈʃuːbɐt]; 31 January 1797 -- 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer.

In a short lifespan of less than 32 years, Schubert was a prolific composer, writing some 600 Lieder, ten complete or nearly complete symphonies (including the most famous of the incomplete ones, the
"Unfinished Symphony"
), liturgical music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. 

Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers
in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades immediately after his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms, among other lesser lights, discovered and championed his works through the remainder of the century. Today, 

Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the early Romantic
and, as such, is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.

Franz Schubert - Serenade 
 Isaac Stern

Nana Mouskouri
Serenade de Schubert

Nana Mouskouri

(Greek: Nάνα Μούσχουρη, pronounced [ˈnana ˈmusxuɾi]), born Iōánna Moúschouri (Greek: Ιωάννα Μούσχουρη, [ioˈana ˈmusxuɾi]) on October 13, 1934, in Chania, Crete, Greece, is a Greek singer who is claimed to have sold over 200 million records worldwide.

She was known as "Nána" to her friends and family as a child. (In Greek her surname is pronounced
with the stress on the first syllable -- MOOS-hoo-ree -- rather than the second.)

Mouskouri was sometimes described as Europe's answer to Barbra Streisand; her distinctive, angelic soprano voice was the result of having been born with only one vocal cord. Her repertoire supported the mainstream appeal she aimed for: jazz standards, well-known pop tunes from before and after the rock era, French cabaret chansons, movie songs, classical and operatic repertory, religious music, folk songs from her native Greece and elsewhere.

She has recorded songs in many languages, including Greek, French, English, German,
Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Welsh, Mandarin Chinese, Maori, and Turkish.

Isaac Stern - Violin
Schubert - Serenade

Photos of Castle Braunfels - Germany 13th century
Located 9 km from Wetzlar.

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