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

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4, 8 & 9

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4, 8 & 9


Schubert:

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

Concertgebouw in Amsterdam 1957

Concertgebouworkest

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

Torino 1956

Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai

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

Kingsway Hall, London 1960

Philharmonia Orchestra


“ Klemperer was aware of the sheer beauty of the music, but his usual care over articulation, balance and phrasing makes the listener even more conscious of the way in which the composer builds up his large-scale structures and textures from the repetition and variation of the smallest phrases.” MusicWeb International, June 2012

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Schubert: Symphony No. 8 'Unfinished'

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 'Unfinished'


Schubert:

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

Rondo for violin and strings in A major, D438

Konzertstück (for Violin and Orchestra) in D major, D345

Polonaise in B flat major, D580


“a beautifully warm and serene performance under David Zinman, with little touches of ornamentation in the solo clarinet part.” The Observer, 5th February 2012

“relish the Tonhalle Orchestra’s zesty, tradition-challenging performance under David Zinman, who treats the symphony as a turbulent tone-poem. The thrust of the first movement; the cheeky ornamentation of the second movement’s woodwind themes: all this will be hotly debated.” The Times, 28th January 2012 ****

*** The Independent, 17th February 2012

“Zinman's Mahler and Beethoven cycles with the Tonhalle exemplify the "third way" in historically informed performance practice. The trend continues in his ongoing Schubert cycle. The haze of foreboding is absent, the tempi brisk, with judicious decoration of the oboe and clarinet solos in the second movement.” The Independent on Sunday, 11th March 2012

“Zinman, ever ready to turn tradition on its head, stresses its Classical lineage, outgunning even such period practitioners as Mackerras and Norrington...in athletic swiftness and textural transparency. The Zurichers' string sonority is slender without being dessicated, phrasing is crisp and clear-cut, with Schubert's accents sharply pointed.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

“There's plenty to like about his approach including light, airy textures and an obvious relish of some of the works' drama. There are also some unusual features to this recording, not least the added ornamentation of the oboe and clarinet parts in the second movement which I found delightful...Zinman's way with the 'Unfinished' may be a shade too objective and cool-headed for my taste, but he's a musician whose recordings are always worth hearing.” International Record Review, June 2012

“razor-sharp articulation and plenty of rhythmic zip, coupled with a more refulgent orchestral sonority than you’d get with a period band...The music bubbles with dry wit, and you can hear how it must have influenced Mahler...Stylish, entertaining playing, and richly recorded too.” The Arts Desk, 21st September 2013

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Recorded in Vienna on 29th October 1961

Wiener Philhamoniker

Schubert:

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

Recorded at the Titania-Palast Berlin on 28th January 1950

Berliner Philharmoniker

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Recorded in Dresden on 28th November 1959

Staatskapelle Dresden


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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'


St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Lande

After completing his 6th symphony in 1818, Schubert struggled to complete another symphony. Nos.1-6 display a deep knowledge of the symphonies of Haydn and Mozart and his hero Beethoven – especially his 2nd symphony. The influence of Rossini can also be detected in the early symphonies. The creative crisis concerned Schubert’s attempts to find a symphonic voice that was his own.

The years 1818-25 saw him commence 5 symphonies, and abandon 4 of them. Immediately after the 6th he started work on a D major work D615, but left only two unfinished opening movements. 1820 saw a more adventurous project, again in D major. The expansive and nearly complete scherzo looks forward to the Great C major’s scherzo. The other movements are fragmentary. The E major No.7 from 1821 is in a different league. Calling for the largest orchestra in any Schubert symphony, the four movements have the word ‘fine’ scribbled at the end of the score. Schubert only partially scored this work, but it provides a fascinating view to what was to come. The following year the B minor No.8 ushered the new symphonic style Schubert has been striving to find.

Dramatic and highly emotional, it is a mystery why he never completed the work. The scherzo lacks a trio, and the finale cannot be traced. It is possible that the outsized (and identically scored) entr’acte from Rosamunde was intended as the finale – it certainly resembles the finales of his earlier symphonies. The two-movement torso had to wait until 1865 for its premiere. The 9th was fully completed in 1825 – the only symphony Schubert completed in the last decade of his life. His long journey to create a ‘Great’ symphony had been achieved. The 9th is one of the towering masterworks of the repertoire. A gap of 11 years elapsed before the premiere conducted by Mendelssohn in Leipzig. Schubert commenced work his 10th symphony in 1828, a visionary work that foreshadows Mahler, it was to be his symphonic ‘swan song’ and his sixth unfinished symphony. Schubert’s 8th and 9th are the only symphonies of the period to rival those of Beethoven.

A convincing answer to the bias that only Austrians can play Schubert well: also these Russian forces grasp the meaning of Schubert’s universal language, as expressed in the tragic 8-th Symphony (the Unfinished) and the Symphony No. 9, of “Heavenly Length”.

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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'


Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, January 1977

“Giulini’s temperament, a combination of Mediterranean warmth and asceticism, was well attuned to Schubert’s last two symphonies...The “Unfinished” Symphony marries quasi-spiritual serenity to a natural sustaining pulse. The Ninth, played with all the repeats, unfolds as a continuous stream of music: Giulini reveals its lyricism and unhurried beauty.” Financial Times, 23rd July 2011 ****

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Günter Wand: Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival 1995

Günter Wand: Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival 1995

Live Recording from The Musik- Und Kongresshalle, Lübeck


Schubert:

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

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


Günter Wand (1912-2002) made an imperative contribution not only to our understanding of Bruckner but also to that of Schubert as a symphonist. Both composers were particularly close to his heart and his international breakthrough came - late in his life - with his highly-acclaimed Bruckner and Schubert recordings.

In the television recording including Schubert’s wonderful “Unfinished” Symphony, Günter Wand and his inimitable style of conducting are brought back to life in a particularly impressive way. The films of his concerts at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, from 1987 onwards, can truly be regarded as Günter Wand‘s legacy to the NDR Sinfonieorchester, „his“ orchestra for almost 20 years, on which he has left a mark like no other.

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“Recorded live, Gunther Wand's performances of the two greatest Schubert Symphonies have immense concentration and visionary atmosphere. But to have his magically evocative and ravishingly played account of the Unfinished as well as the Great C major on a single DVD makes for an unforgettable listening and watching experience.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Arthaus Musik - 107123

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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'


Musikkollegium Winterthur, Douglas Boyd

Following on from their release last month of Schubert's incidental music to Rosamunde (MDG9011633), the Musikkollegium Winterthur brings us Schubert's last symphonic works. The Musikkollegium has been active in Winterthur since 1629; Douglas Boyd became principal conductor in 2009.

“Characteristically warm and affectionate readings of two of Schubert’s best-loved symphonic scores, conveyed here with the insight that has become Douglas Boyd’s trademark” london24.com, 17th June 2011

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9


Schubert:

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

Wiener Philharmoniker

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

London Symphony Orchestra


Born in Vienna in April 1902, the cheery-looking Josef Krips seems to have been pre-destined to achieve eminence in the Viennese classics. He recorded with both, the Wiener Philharmoniker and the key London orchestras for Decca in the 1940s, 50s and 60s and the interpretations have genuine expressive power while remaining devoid of exaggeration or affectation.

Two of Schubert’s best-loved and most-played symphonies are here coupled and both have been considered benchmarks in their recorded history. The Eighth with the Wiener Philharmoniker was Krips’s last recording for Decca. This issue forms part of a series of five reissues devoted to the art of Josef Krips.

Recording producers: Ray Minshull (Symphony No. 9); Christopher Raeburn (Symphony No. 8)

Recording engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson (Symphony No. 9); Colin Moorfoot (Symphony No. 8)

Recording locations: Kingsway Hall, London, May 1958 (Symphony No. 9); Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, March 1969 (Symphony No. 8)

“In the Unfinished, Krips treads a marvellously accurate line between flexibility and control. The Ninth is spacious in sound and interpretation, with sharp dynamic contrasts.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 ****

“This is a splendid Great C major; classical in conception and full of propulsive energy” Gramophone Magazine

“an unforced, flowing and wonderfully satisfying performance’ [Symphony No. 8] … the Ninth…has long being counted as one his very finest records, perhaps the finest … unforced spontaneity … The playing is polished, yet flexible, dramatically strong … this is a Schubert coupling to treasure” Penguin Guide

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Günter Wand conducts Schubert & Bruckner

Günter Wand conducts Schubert & Bruckner

Live Recording from The Musik-Und Kongresshalle, Lübeck


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Schubert:

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


The programme of the concert that Günter Wand (1912-2002) conducted to open the 2001 Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival – the last time he was to do so – was a private profession of his faith in Schubert and Bruckner. Both composers and both works were particularly close to his heart. Neither symphony was finished, yet, for all their stylistic differences, the movements that were completed create the impression of fully rounded works and do so, moreover, in startlingly similar ways. The result is what might be termed two “finished unfinished symphonies”. Time and again towards the end of his life, Günter Wand combined these two works in a single programme, his interpretation of them confirming their affinities in the finest manner imaginable.

The films of his concerts at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, from 1987 onwards, can truly be regarded as Günter Wand‘s legacy to the NDR Sinfonieorchester, „his“ orchestra for almost 20 years, on which he has left a mark like no other.

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Running Time: 100 mins

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Sergiu Celibidache conducts Schumann & Schubert

Sergiu Celibidache conducts Schumann & Schubert

Live recordings 1958-1960


Schubert:

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

Schumann:

Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61


During the Sixties Sergiu Celibidache often worked with the RAI Orchestras and released a series of recordings which have now become classics.

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