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

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

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

Completed version by Mario Venzago


Kammerorchester Basel, Mario Venzago

Mario Venzago is the principal conductor and artistic director of the Bern Symphony Orchestra, Artist in Association at Finland's Tapiola Sinfonietta and a regular guest conductor of the Kammerorchester Basel. Before taking up conducting, Venzago was a concert pianist at Radiotelevisione Svizerra in Switzerland, and performed throughout Europe as a soloist and accompanist. Several of his CDs have won international prizes. His recordings of the operas «Venus» and «Penthesilea» and of all choral works by Othmar Schoeck with the MDR choir and symphony orchestra received great international recognition and prestigious awards. Based in Basle, successful internationally – the Kammerorchester Basel/Basle Chamber Orchestra impresses audiences everywhere. The energy-charged concerts which sparkle with a love of music are the trademark of this creative top orchestra. As one of the few ensembles of its kind, the versatile Basle Chamber Orchestra is just as much at home playing baroque instruments as it is playing music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Basle Chamber Orchestra stands for the joy of making music together, a transparent and flexible orchestral sound, a desire for discovery in search of new ways of interpretations, and the programmatic combination of old and new music in the tradition of Paul Sacher's Basle Chamber Orchestra.

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Sony - 88985431382

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Schubert: Symphony No. 8 & Rosamunde excerpts

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 & Rosamunde excerpts


Schubert:

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

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Rosamunde: excerpts

Wiener Philharmoniker


The name of Pierre Monteux inevitably brings Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps to mind; he conducted the notorious first performance in Paris in 1913, which degenerated into a brawl broken up by the police. This historic event has slightly overshadowed other Ballets Russes commissions, such as Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and Debussy’s Jeux, which were first performed under this French conductor, who was born in Paris in 1875 and died as an American citizen in 1964. Record enthusiasts with long memories will recall various works by these two composers recorded by Monteux, particularly with the London Symphony Orchestra, with whom, when well into his eighties, he had recently signed a renewable 25-year contract!

But to categorise Monteux as a specialist in French music would be unfair. It was a label he himself derided, for his repertory encompassed the central German/Austrian nineteenth-century repertoire and also recorded – with the Vienna Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra – a highly sought-after cycle of the Beethoven symphonies.

His interpretation of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ (recorded in 1963 for Philips) is very romantically-centred, the extremely leisurely tempi for the two movements creating something of a timeless quality. Three excerpts from Rosamunde were recorded six years earlier for Decca.

“beautiful performances […] the playing [of the Vienna Philharmonic] is distinguished by the lovely string tone and the sensitive woodwind playing” Gramophone Magazine, March 1973 (Rosamunde)

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4808905

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Lucerne Festival Historic Performances Vol. V

Lucerne Festival Historic Performances Vol. V


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Live: Lucerne, Kunsthaus, 25 August 1988

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Schubert:

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

Live: Lucerne, Kunsthaus, 5 September 1978

Vienna Philharmonic

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll

Live: Lucerne, Kunsthaus, 25 August 1988

Chamber Orchestra of Europe


In memory of Claudio Abbado, who died on 20th January 2014 and who was closely associated with Lucerne Festival for nearly 50 years, Audite and Lucerne Festival present three previously unreleased live recordings, approved by the conductor himself. On 5 September 1978, Abbado and the Vienna Phil performed Schubert’s 'Unfinished' in Lucerne: a moving interpretation, emphasising the lyrical character of the work. This piece closes a circle insofar as Abbado also conducted the 'Unfinished' at his final concert, on 26 August 2013 in Lucerne. On 25 August 1988, the festival’s 50th anniversary, Abbado and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe performed exactly the same programme with which Arturo Toscanini had opened the Luzerner Festspiele in 1938, including Beethoven’s Second Symphony and 'Siegfried Idyll', the latter written in Lucerne. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung commented enthusiastically that “the sonic subtleties of the Siegfried Idyll were masterfully executed and carried through to a poignant ending...in Abbado’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Second Symphony the structural clarity of the individual movements was combined with an unabated, almost newly inspired joy of performing amongst the orchestra”. A particularly attractive aspect of this compilation is the fact that Abbado made studio recordings of the Beethoven and Schubert symphonies with the opposite orchestras, i.e. Schubert with the COE (1987) and Beethoven’ with the VPO (1988). The extensive booklet contains a portrait of Claudio Abbado by Peter Hagmann, tracing the conductor’s long-standing activities in Lucerne; also included are previously unpublished photos from the archives of Lucerne Festival.

Claudio Abbado stamped his mark on Lucerne Festival as no other conductor. He made his début in 1966 together with the violinist Zino Francescatti and the Swiss Festival Orchestra. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung witnessed a “delightfully unspoiled maestro with an uncorrupted musical spirit” and made the accurate prediction that “this will not have been the last time that Claudio Abbado has conducted in Lucerne”. He was to return countless times, soon on an annual basis, appearing with the Philharmonia and the VPO, the ensembles of La Scala, the LSO and the BPO, and of course with the orchestras that he himself had founded: the European Union Youth Orchestra, the COE, the Gustav Mahler YO and the Mahler CO. In 2003 Claudio Abbado and Michael Haefliger jointly founded the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, an orchestra unique in uniting long-standing artistic colleagues of Abbado’s: soloists, chamber musicians and professors alongside the core performers from the Mahler CO – into an ensemble in a league of its own. Standing on the podium in front of this “Orchestra of Friends”, as he himself called it, Claudio Abbado ended his artistic career on 26 August 2013 in Lucerne, having conducted Franz Schubert’s 'Unfinished' and Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony at his last concert.

“I loved this performance of the Unfinished...The beautifully paced Siegfried Idyll is another gem...the closing pages in particular are superbly done...Definitely worthwhile for the Schubert and Wagner; but if your main priority is Abbado's Beethoven Second, stick with one or other of his lighter-textured Berlin versions.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“startlingly original … This performance [of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D] could serve as a paradigm of the symphonic ideal, bequeathed by Haydn and Mozart, to be exalted by Beethoven.” International Record Review, November 2014

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Audite Lucerne Festival Historic Performances - AUDITE95627

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Europakonzert 1992 from from Madrid

Europakonzert 1992 from from Madrid

From the Basilica of the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo De El Escorial


Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24 (excerpts)

Schubert:

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

Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture

Io l'ho perduta (from Don Carlos)

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)

Götterdämmerung: excerpts


New release of the EUROPAKONZERT Blu-ray series.

The EUROPAKONZERT annually celebrates the founding of the Berlin Philharmonic on 1st May 1882.

Recorded at a historical and breathtaking beautiful place: the monastery El Escorial – grandiose music against grandiose background.

The Berliner Philharmoniker with Daniel Barenboim as conductor and star tenor Plácido Domingo.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sound format Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, 5.1 DTS-HD

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 153 min

German FSK: 0

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Region: all

EuroArts Europakonzert - 2011294

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9


Schubert:

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

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Failoni Orchestra


Schubert’s last two symphonies are ambitious in scale and brimming with striking ideas, though only two movements of the Symphony No. 8 were finished and the score rediscovered and first performed 43 years after the composer’s death. The ‘Great’ C major Symphony marks the summit of Schubert’s achievement in the form, combining his unforgettable lyrical gift with the spirit of Beethoven. Michael Halász has been acclaimed for his “delightful performances” of Schubert. (Penguin Guide on 8553094, Symphonies 3 and 6)

“The Slovak Philharmonic is a good orchestra and the execution is professional... The Unfinished is glorious music and this performance is moving and affectionate...Ensemble, judged by the highest standards, isn’t immaculate but there are no serious flaws. Halasz clearly loves Schubert and that shines through...As bargain Ninths go this is certainly one of the best.” MusicWeb International, 22nd July 2013

Naxos - 8572939

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Schubert: Symphony No. 3 & Unfinished Symphony

Schubert: Symphony No. 3 & Unfinished Symphony


Schubert:

Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200

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


Kammerakademie Potsdam, Antonello Manacorda

“Top-notch period playing from this youthful German ensemble...They display real zest and grace, bringing out Rossinian charm in the earlier work and a burnished incisiveness in the Unfinished.” Classical Music, August 2012 ****

“If you like early Schubert lean of tone and impetuous of spirit, you should enjoy the Potsdam Kammerakademie in this most sportive of his symphonies...But with alert woodwind (always clearly audible in the tuttis) and scything valveless brass pitted against a small string band of around 20, the Potsdamers vividly catch the music's coursing youthful energy.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2012

Sony - 88691960642

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Schubert: Symphony No. 8

Schubert: Symphony No. 8


Schubert:

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

Incidental music to Rosamunde, D797: excerpts


Sony Classical Masters - 88697714392

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9


Schubert:

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

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'


“The Unfinished is superbly played, with the utmost refinement in the second movement … The Ninth is taut, mainly swift and ultimately exultant, with a splendidly vital scherzo” Gramophone Magazine

EMI Masters - 6783052

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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 ***

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

“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)

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4803291

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Lorin Maazel conducts Schubert & Beethoven

Lorin Maazel conducts Schubert & Beethoven


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Schubert:

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


Sony Classical Masters - 88697712982

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