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

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)


Bringing together all seven of Schubert’s completed symphonies, as well as the much loved B minor ‘Unfinished’, this set charts the development of Schubert’s voice as a symphonist. His first six symphonies were composed between 1813 and 1818 for the orchestra at the religious school that he attended in Vienna. Although they could be considered to be apprentice works, and are clearly influenced by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and – in the case of the Sixth Symphony – Rossini, they are remarkable achievements for such a young composer, and the listener can hear some of the hallmarks of Schubert’s more forwardlooking, romantic style, such as a bolder and richer harmonic language, beginning to emerge.

After a serious illness in 1822, from which he only partially recovered, Schubert composed his final symphonic masterpieces, the ‘Unfinished’ (1822) and the ‘Great’ (1825–6). From the haunting slow introduction and the extraordinary sense of pathos of the ‘Unfinished’ to the joyful and rhythmically vital ‘Great’ symphony, both works showcase Schubert the symphonist at the peak of his powers and are some of the most popular and enduring pieces in the orchestral canon.

Schubert’s complete symphonies are performed here by the legendary Staatskapelle Dresden under the inspired direction of celebrated conductor Herbert Blomstedt, praised by Gramophone for his ‘incomparably refined sensitivity and canny interpretative prowess’.

“The playing of the Staatskapelle Dresden is quite excellent, with fine work from the strings and commendable clarity of wind textures. This may be “big-band” Schubert, but never once did I sense a heaviness to the ensemble that impaired my enjoyment.” MusicWeb International, 14th April 2014

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Jean-François Zygel: The Key to the Orchestra

Jean-François Zygel: The Key to the Orchestra

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Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Haydn:

Symphony No. 103 in E flat major 'Drum Roll'

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Schubert:

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


Jean-François Zygel is a renowned personaly in the French musical field. His unique talent for transmitting his passion and knowledge of classical music through several series - Leçons de Musique, Clefs de l’Orchestre, Boîte à Musique - mean that Naïve has sold more than 300,000 units of his projects over the past 8 years.

In the 'Clefs de l’orchestre' series, Jean-François Zygel explains the greatest symphonic masterpieces with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and guest conductors such as Ton Koopman, Paul McCreesh, Kazuchi Ono, Myung-Whun Chung, Pablo Heras-Casado. This boxed set gathers the programmes dedicated to 4 symphonies from the Classical and early Romantic eras.

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)


In the course of the 1996-97 season, Anima Eterna played and recorded Schubert's complete symphonies in the particularly innovative interpretation of their conductor, Jos van Immerseel.

This interpretation, based on the study of Schubert's manuscripts and on the instruments used at the time of their first performance, allows us to discover sound colours that combine freshness and profundity.

Upon its initial release, this series of 4 CDs was recognized internationally as a new reference.

“these pieces gain most from the transparent textures, woody woodwinds and natural, alfresco-sounding brass.” Sunday Times, 18th November 2012

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Schubert: Complete Symphonies

Schubert: Complete Symphonies


Schubert:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, D82

The Hanover Band, Roy Goodman

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

The Hanover Band, Roy Goodman

Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200

The Hanover Band, Roy Goodman

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

The Hanover Band, Roy Goodman

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Camerata Salzburg, Sándor Végh

Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589

Camerata Salzburg, Sándor Végh

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

Camerata Salzburg, Sándor Végh

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

Camerata Salzburg, Sándor Végh


All seven of Schubert’s completed symphonies - plus the B minor fragment known as the ‘Unfinished’ - enjoy a popularity now which they haven‘t always had. Only the twentieth century gave these pieces the recognition they deserved and an appreciation of their true emotional depth.

All display his gift for pure and lovely melody, but there are great differences between the restraint of the earlier six symphonies and the last two, where he fully employed Romantic expression. His last symphony, the ‘Great’ C major Symphony, is both classic and romantic, combining the vitality of the classical period and the melancholy of his personality, the architecture of late 18th century classical music with an innovative and daring approach to structure, harmony and orchestration.

He mastered the symphonic form in his own way. This 4-CD set of the complete symphonies contains performances of symphony Nos 1- 4 by The Hanover Band, conducted by Roy Goodman. These are part of their acclaimed cycle, recorded in the warm acoustic of All Saints’ Church in Tooting, which was the first ever complete set of Schubert’s symphonies performed on historic instruments. Gramophone hailed the performances as ‘striking and exciting”, and “consistently bringing out the joy of the young Schubert’s inspiration.” Symphony Nos 5-6 and Nos 8-9 are performed with polish and vitality by the Camerata Salzburg, directed by the great Hungarian conductor and violinist, Sándor Végh.

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)


The eight symphonies of the most important symphonist of the early nineteenth century after Beethoven – in outstanding recordings of the Dresden Staatskapelle under Herbert Blomstedt.

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)


“They look beyond the printed page...and gift all listeners with illuminating interpretations” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)


“incandescent atmosphere and magisterial playing” Classic FM Magazine, August 2011

“These are marvellous performances: vibrant, clear, characterful and effortlessly well played.
The recordings, too, still seem new-minted, even the Ninth, the first of the symphonies to be recorded. The Berliners' art is the art that disguises art. Böhm never feels the need to do anything clever but just quietly sees to it that this superb orchestra plays at its best. Böhm's way with the two late symphonies is, in fact, highly sophisticated. The Unfinished begins in what seems to be a leisurely fashion but his performance of the first movement catches Schubert's mix of lyricism and high drama with extraordinary acuity. Conversely, the second movement seems swift but brings the work full circle with an equally extraordinary sense of calm and catharsis in the final pages. The celebrated 1963 Ninth out-Furtwänglers Furtwängler in the myriad means it uses within a single grand design to capture the symphony's sense of danger and derring-do in addition to its lyricism, nobility, and earthy Austrian charm.
In the early symphonies, Böhm's approach is simpler-seeming and more direct. Rhythms are so finely propelled, the pulse so effortlessly sustained, the music always lands on its feet. The zest comes from the stylish Berlin string- playing; melodically, it's the woodwinds (every one a Lieder singer) who catch the beauty of Schubert's melodies and the skirl of the attendant descants. You won't find yourself tiring of Böhm's approach; he doesn't give in to irritating idiosyncrasies (à la Harnoncourt), but ensures that the Schubertian stream is always clear to the eye and sweet to the taste.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)


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Carl Schuricht: Unissued Broadcast Performances, 1937-1951

Carl Schuricht: Unissued Broadcast Performances, 1937-1951


Bach, J C:

Symphony in D major, Op. 18 No. 4

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 ‘Eroica' - Marcia funebre

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Haydn:

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101)

Mendelssohn:

Athalia Overture

Reger:

Variations and Fugue for Orchestra on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 132

Schubert:

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

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey


Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Carl Schuricht

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Schubert: The Symphonies

Schubert: The Symphonies


Schubert:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, D82

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

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

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200

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

Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589

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


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