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

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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'


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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.

Istituto Discografico Italiano - IDIS6607

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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 29

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 29


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Schubert:

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


The evenings of October 22 and 23, 1992 in the Dresden Semperoper brought not only performances for the Dresden audience but were at the same time the start of an extensive tour from October 25 to November 12, during which the Staatskapelle under Sir Colin Davis performed twelve concerts in Japan.

The Staatskapelle seems once more to have tapped the pulse of the Japanese audience with their interpretations and so affirmed their reputation.

“The Schubert is beautiful: warm intensity of tone, long phrases that feel elegant and acutely sensitive, at the the same time, pathos, grandeur, romantic atmosphere, and underneath all that a feeling of steady, unpressured momentum carrying the music to its conclusion.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 **/***

“Davis occasionally bends the line for rhetorical effect...demonstrably smitten by the sheer lustre of Brahms's writing...As to Davis's Schubert Unfinished, breadth and depth of feeling prevail, the transition from repeated exposition to development section in the first movement as darkly mysterious as on any other version” Gramophone Magazine, July 2011

“These recordings date from 1992, the aftermath of German reunification and a time in which emotions in Dresden were running high...Certainly Colin Davis, who was then building a strong bond with the orchestra, has drawn from it performances that are exceptionally intense in nature...These are fine, thoughtful performances of timeless masterpieces that seemed to find in those years at Dresden a particular time and a particular place.” International Record Review, May 2011

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8


Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

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

(completed Newbold)

Rosamunde, D797: Ballet Music No. 2


Like Beethoven and Bruckner, Schubert wrote nine symphonies, of which the first six were written between 1813 and 1818. The Symphony No.5 (1816) was not performed until 1846, eighteen years after the death of the composer. Schubert wrote it when he was not yet twenty, and it shows the extent to which he had taken in what his older contemporaries were doing (the melodic richness is reminiscent of Mozart), while at the same time developing his own personal style. A light and transparent Allegro is followed by a pastoral Andante con moto and an elegant Menuetto. The symphony ends with a vivacious finale that recalls the style of Haydn.

The Symphony No.8 also goes by the name of the “Unfinished” Symphony. Schubert began work on it in 1822, but for a long time it was assumed that he did not complete it, as only two movements were known for certain to have survived: an Allegro moderato dominated by a sombre theme in which elation and tenderness rub shoulders with tragedy, and a serene and mysterious Andante con moto. Several attempts have been made to reconstruct the remainder of the symphony, one of the most notable being that by the Schubert expert Brian Newbould.

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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'


BIS releases the next in their ‘Opening Doors’ series in which Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra make a case for performing 19th-century symphonic works with a chamber ensemble. They have previously recorded Schumann’s symphonies as well as a recording of Dvorák’s Sixth and Ninth Symphonies. This disc now features the final works in Franz Schubert’s symphonic genre both of which are arguably the most celebrated of all Schubert symphonies.

“This excellent Swedish orchestra performs Schubert’s last two symphonies the modern way, with faster tempos, punchier accents and a leaner sound. The result is like having a layer of varnish removed from a much-loved painting.” The Telegraph, 7th May 2010

“Here's an excitingly combative, and ultimately very plausible new look at Schubert...Dausgaard somehow manages to approach the surviving two movements of Schubert's B minor Symphony as though we didn't all know that it remained 'unfinished'...For once it was hard not to regret the absence of an energetic scherzo or finale” BBC Music Magazine, July 2010 ****

“In this issue, helped also by the clean BIS recording, textures are transparent and attack crisp...A disc that may disconcert some Schubertians but which, very well recorded, offers a consistently refreshing view of both masterpieces.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2010

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Switzerland

Switzerland

Die Schweiz, La Suisse, Svizzera, Svizra – Mountains, Lakes & Waterfalls


Schubert:

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

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485


The Places

The places visited range from the icy slopes of the Jungfraujoch, approached by the highest railway in Europe, to the tranquility of Lake Thun, the imposing waterfalls of Trümmelbach and the distinctive French, German, Italian and Romansch regions of the country.

The Music

The music for this tour of Switzerland is by Franz Schubert, a composer who spent his life largely in his native Vienna. His famous Unfinished Symphony, the two movements of which were written in 1822, were not performed until 37 years after Schubert's death, when the manuscripts were discovered at the home of Schubert's friend Anselm Hüttenbrenner. The music continues with Schubert's Fifth Symphony, written in the space of a few weeks in 1816, when the composer was nineteen.

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Schubert - Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9

Schubert - Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9


Schubert:

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

Recorded at the Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, 9-21 January 1950

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Recorded at Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin, November-December 1951

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


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“[he achieves] profound insights and splendours with his two magnificent orchestras...the Berlin Phil’s awesome discipline, power, brilliant woodwind and incisive accents...and the Vienna Phil’s warmth and eloquence.” Sunday Times, 14th March 2010

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Hans Knappertsbusch conducts the Bayrisches Statsorchester

Hans Knappertsbusch conducts the Bayrisches Statsorchester


Cornelius:

Der Barbier von Baghdad: Overture

Komzák II:

Bad'ner Madl'n Walzer, Op. 257

Lanner:

Die Schönbrunner Waltzer, Op. 200

Schubert:

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

Marche Militaire, D733 No. 1

Strauss, J, II:

Tausendundeine Nacht, Op. 346: Intermezzo

Egyptischer Marsch, Op. 335

Annen-Polka, Op. 117

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325

Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388

Pizzicato Polka

Trapp, M:

Concerto for Orchestra No. 3, Op. 50

Weber:

Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65

Rondo brillant in D flat major J260


Bayrisches Statsorchester, Hans Knappertsbusch

These recordings date from the fifties and this CD is part of the Archipel Desert Island Collection. The Trapp is a world premiere recording.

Recorded KongressSaal des Deutschen Museums, Munich, 1953-58

“Much as you'd expect: hugely individual, dignified, unflustered, clear-headed and, for much of the time, rather slow” Gramophone Magazine, April 2010

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Hans Knappertsbusch conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker

Hans Knappertsbusch conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker


Haydn:

Symphony No. 88 in G major

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Schubert:

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

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus Overture

Pizzicato Polka

Wolf, H:

Italian Serenade in G major


These recordings featuring a world-famous orchestra and conductor date from the forties and fifties. Excellent sound.

“Much as you'd expect: hugely individual, dignified, unflustered, clear-headed and, for much of the time, rather slow” Gramophone Magazine, April 2010

Archipel Records - ARPCD0428

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Schubert - Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9

Schubert - Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9


Schubert:

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

Recorded 3rd January 1953

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

Recorded 27th December 1953

Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture

Recorded 2nd February 1952


Recorded live in New York.

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