Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2


Schubert:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, D82

Adrast, D137: Funeral March

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

Rosamunde, D797: Overture


On the final disc of a complete cycle, Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra offer us their readings of Franz Schubert's first two symphonies. Written between 1813 and 1815, by a composer still in his teens, both works exemplify the influences of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven on the young man – something which was long regarded as a weakness: until well into the twentieth century (with just a few exceptions) their existence was of interest primarily to archivists. They nevertheless contain abundant proof of Schubert's melodic genius – for instance in the Andante of Symphony No.1 – and other trademarks of the composer are already in evidence: his beloved ‘Wanderer’ rhythm in the finale of the Second Symphony, and throughout his confident and individual handling of form and harmony. The previous three discs in the cycle have met with critical acclaim and distinctions, with many reviewers welcoming the fresh approach towards the undisputed masterpieces (the ‘Unfinished’ and the ‘Great C major’) as well as to the less familiar earlier works. The present disc include two fillers, of which one is the rarely heard Funeral March from the unfinished opera Adrast from 1819-20, Schubert's second attempt in the genre. Far better known is the closing work, the well-loved ‘Rosamunde Overture’. Composed around the same time as Adrast, it was actually part of the music to the melodrama Die Zauberharfe, but has later become associated with the incidental music to Rosamunde, Fürstin von Zypern, which Schubert would write some three years later.

“Some might have dismissed these symphonies as imitations of the teenage Schubert's Classical heroes, but in Dausgaard's hands they emerge as elegant, lively scores already bearing the stamp of the composer's sophisticated harmonic and melodic imagination.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 ****

“The definition and dynamism that Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra have been bringing to their cycle of Schubert symphonies are qualities that are radiantly replicated in these performances of the First and Second...Dausgaard and his orchestra fully attune themselves to this teenage Schubertian world.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

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BIS Opening Doors Thomas Dausgaard Complete Schubert Symphonies - BIS1989

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4


Schubert:

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'


Kammerakademie Potsdam, Antonello Manacorda

Sony - 88843033662

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$19.25

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2


Schubert:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, D82

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125


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.

“a vivid and vivacious performance. Zinman and his modern-instrument Zurich players have adopted some of the practices of the early-music brigade (the woodwinds embellish their melodic phrases), and the result is the best of both worlds.” Sunday Times, 25th March 2012

“as a total performance...there's nothing to question, instead appreciating the woodwind decorating their parts in the slow movement, and revelling in the Zurich Tonhalle's expertise. But here's the rub: they play like a conductorless band because Zinman is dispassionate, reluctant to fathom the emotional horizons of each work.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

“Zinman's grasp of this music is, to my mind, totally convincing; his profound understanding of the importance of pulse in Schubert adds considerably to our appreciation of the young composer's achievement...The sense of flow, the inner rhythmic and - notably - melodic life over quite long paragraphs in early Schubert is here wonderfully conveyed in performances of notable musical profundity...The playing of the Zurich Tonhalle is truly excellent throughout.” International Record Review, June 2012

“Whereas others invariably project easy charm and elegance, Zinman finds deeper, more unsettling resonances in both works...By encouraging the strings of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra to use vibrato extremely sparingly, Zinman creates an ideal transparency in Schubert's scoring, thus allowing much of the delightful filigree woodwind passagework to come to the fore.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 ****

RCA David Zinman Schubert Symphonies - 88697871472

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Schubert: The Symphonies Volume 1

Schubert: The Symphonies Volume 1


Schubert:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, D82

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'


Between 1976 and 1978, Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra made recordings of the complete Schubert symphonies for Decca, as well as some of the incidental music for Rosamunde. Other than the Schumann symphonies, it was the only symphony cycle this tremendous Decca artist made for the label. The recordings were all made in the Mann Auditorium and were all produced by Ray Minshull, who, together with John Culshaw and Christopher Raeburn, worked extensively with Mehta during his exclusive Decca years. 29 April 2011 marks the 75th birthday of Zubin Mehta and this cycle is being issued as a homage to this great musician in his birthday year. Volume 1 contains the first four symphonies as well as the mighty Eighth, the ‘Unfinished’.

“The weighty approach works most convincingly in the Tragic Symphony.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 ***

“vital, well-styled” Gramophone Magazine (Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2)

“Mehta secures neat, articulate, musically fluent performances from his Israeli orchestra and the Decca engineers reproduce them with admirable lucidity and absence of fuss” Gramophone Magazine (Symphonies Nos. 4 & 8)

“Mehta directs a performance well inside the Viennese tradition … crisply pointed readings admirably suited to these youthful inspirations.” Gramophone Magazine (Symphony No. 3)

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4803291

(CD - 2 discs)

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Celibidache conducts Mozart

Celibidache conducts Mozart


Cherubini:

Overture to Il portatore d'acqua

Mozart:

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

Schubert:

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125


PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 79 Mins
SOUND: LPCM MONO
SUBTITLES: N/A

“Even with a reduced orchestra, Celibidache creates a full sound here. But there's also some energetic and precise phrasing, lightness in the fast movements, and obvious enjoyment from a beaming conductor.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2007 ***

“His intense, finely balanced and deeply felt interpretations made him one of the greatest names in twentieth century orchestral conducting. Above all, he was a superb technician.” All Music Guide

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Opus Arte - OA0978D

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2


Schubert:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, D82

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125


Presto CD

DG - 4236522

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6


Schubert:

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589


Sinfonieorchester Basel, Dennis Russell Davies

This CD follows Symphonies Nos 3, 5 and 8, and is the third release of the Basel Symphony Orchestra’s Schubert series of all of his symphonies.

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Solo Musica Sinfonieorchester Basel - SOB07

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Bottesini - Schubert

Bottesini - Schubert


Bottesini:

Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B minor

Joseph Conyers (double bass)

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Schubert:

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

Wolf, H:

Italian Serenade in G major

(version for orchestra)


Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia - COP014

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Schubert & Schumann - Orchestral Works

Schubert & Schumann - Orchestral Works

1958 recording


Schubert:

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Giacinto Caramia (cello)


Cologne Radio & RAI orchestra, Sergiu Celibidache

Archipel Records - ARPCD0419

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos.2 & 5 etc

Schubert: Symphonies Nos.2 & 5 etc


Schubert:

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

Philharmonia Orchestra, András Schiff

Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D664

András Schiff (Piano)

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Philharmonia Orchestra, András Schiff


Decca Concerts - 4758207

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