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

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8


Schubert:

Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589

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


PentaTone continue their collaboration with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Herreweghe.

“Herreweghe and his Flemish players are clean, precise and pretty, with very little of any dark emotion. [the Unfinished] sounds much more like a piece from the Classical period, and arguably, that is what Herreweghe intends...While this would not be my prime recommendation for either symphony, there is much to admire in both orchestral execution and Herreweghe’s thoughtful interpretations.” MusicWeb International, March 2013

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William Mengelberg conducts Franz Schubert

William Mengelberg conducts Franz Schubert


Schubert:

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

recorded 19th December 1940

Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

recorded 12th December 1940

Gaspar Cassado (cello)

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

recorded in November 1942

Marche Militaire, D733 No. 1

recorded 17th April 1942

Rosamunde, D797: Overture

recorded 27th November 1941

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

recorded 10th October 1940

Emil von Sauer (piano)


Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, William Mengelberg

Andromeda - ANDRCD9109

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Karel Sejna: Great Czech Conductors

Karel Sejna: Great Czech Conductors


Beethoven:

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

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Maria Tauberova (soprano)

Mozart:

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

La clemenza di Tito, K621: Overture

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Schubert:

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


Rarely mentioned in the same breath as his illustrious colleagues Talich, Kubelík and Ančerl, Karel Šejna (1896-1982) was perennially second-in-command, yet despite failing to receive the credit he deserves he too played a crucial role in shaping the history of the Czech Philharmonic. Initially solo double-bass of the orchestra, he began conducting upon Václav Talich’s request and in 1939 was officially named its second conductor. And he also remained deputy after the departure of Talich, who was replaced by Rafael Kubelík, as well as after Kubelík’s emigration, when Karel Ančerl was appointed (originally against the orchestra members’ will) to the vacant post of chief conductor. Consequently, still playing “second fiddle”, Šejna went on to conduct dozens of concerts and make numerous recordings, which today rank among the finest in the Supraphon archives. Period critics branded him a flexible and vivid conductor who always required an understanding of the style and consistently worked with detail. In 1972, Šejna rounded off a half-century of work for the Czech Philharmonic with Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Šejna’s sensitively remastered recordings from 1950-1962, from the bracing Mozart played “with a light hand” to Mahler’s fourth, are now released by Supraphon for the first time on CD.

Supraphon Great Czech Conductors - SU40812

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8 'Unfinished'

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8 'Unfinished'


Schubert:

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

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485


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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'


DG - 4790426

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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

Andromeda - ANDRCD9106

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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


Archipel Records - ARPCD0497

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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”.

Brilliant Classics - 94243

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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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