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After their acclaimed recording of the complete Beethoven symphonies in a new musical guise, a highly-regarded cycle of Richard Strauss's tone poems, the complete Mahler symphonies and a number of other musical projects with which they attracted widespread attention, David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich now devote themselves to the symphonies of Franz Schubert. We began with 2 volumes – one containing Symphonies 1&2, and the second containing the 7th Symphony, and this is now followed by the brand new recording of Symphonies 3 & 4, released on 2nd July 2012.
Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D, D.200
I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
III. Menuetto. Vivace - Trio
IV. Presto vivace
Schubert: Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D.417
I. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
III. Menuetto. Allegro vivace
18th August 2012
“Zinman brings such a musicianly personality to everything he touches: phrasing and articulation are completely natural, without a trace of the overemphatic leanness of period instrument performance, but equally avoiding the lugubriousness of 20th century tradition...he captures the wit and lilt of the Third Symphony, in a way that makes it sound like a young cousin of Haydn’s ultra-civilised London symphonies.”
“Zinman and his expert band give predictably athletic, tightly disciplined performances of two contrasting early Schubert Symphonies...With sparing string vibrato, crisp, no-nonsense tempi and valveless trumpets and horns, the performances have a period feel.”
“Zinman presents these two very different symphonies engagingly. There’s sensitivity to their flowing lines, a welcome lack of affectation in Symphony 3 and an intelligent clarification of the ambivalence of Symphony 4. It’s just a pity he hasn’t quite managed Abbado’s capability of creating really thrilling finales.”
12th August 2012
“Listening to these sprightly performances under Zinman — 76 years old, but hardly veteran-sounding — one has to concur with Dvorak’s astonishment that the young Schubert could express himself with such “deep pathos”.”
15th August 2012
“There's certainly a lightness and litheness to the way that he and the orchestra launch into the opening movement of the D major Third, though the textures are still fairly dense, without any of the transparency that period instruments would bring to this music. The performance of the Fourth, in C minor, goes for broke and ratchets up the tragic intensity as much as it can.”
14th October 2012
“The Fourth Symphony quickly sheds the gloom of its opening Adagio, and, though Zinman is too smooth an operator to capture its breakneck audacity, it’s a handsome, rewarding performance.”
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