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The evenings of October 22 and 23, 1992 in the Dresden Semperoper brought not only performances for the Dresden audience but were at the same time the start of an extensive tour from October 25 to November 12, during which the Staatskapelle under Sir Colin Davis performed twelve concerts in Japan.
The Staatskapelle seems once more to have tapped the pulse of the Japanese audience with their interpretations and so affirmed their reputation.
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, "Unfinished"
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto
III. Poco allegretto
IV. Allegro - Un poco sostenuto
“These recordings date from 1992, the aftermath of German reunification and a time in which emotions in Dresden were running high...Certainly Colin Davis, who was then building a strong bond with the orchestra, has drawn from it performances that are exceptionally intense in nature...These are fine, thoughtful performances of timeless masterpieces that seemed to find in those years at Dresden a particular time and a particular place.”
“Davis occasionally bends the line for rhetorical effect...demonstrably smitten by the sheer lustre of Brahms's writing...As to Davis's Schubert Unfinished, breadth and depth of feeling prevail, the transition from repeated exposition to development section in the first movement as darkly mysterious as on any other version”
“The Schubert is beautiful: warm intensity of tone, long phrases that feel elegant and acutely sensitive, at the the same time, pathos, grandeur, romantic atmosphere, and underneath all that a feeling of steady, unpressured momentum carrying the music to its conclusion.”
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