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'


DG - 4778512

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Schubert & Schumann - Orchestral Works

Schubert & Schumann - Orchestral Works

1958 recording


Schubert:

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

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

Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Giacinto Caramia (cello)


Cologne Radio & RAI orchestra, Sergiu Celibidache

Archipel Records - ARPCD0419

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Schubert - Death and the Maiden & Symphony No. 8

Schubert - Death and the Maiden & Symphony No. 8


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

adapted for orchestra as Symphony in D minor by Andy Stein

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

completed by Brian Newbould and Mario Venzago


Schubert’s music has been arranged by many other composers, though few have succeeded in amplifying the astonishing drama and pathos of a masterpiece such as the Death and the Maiden Quartet as has Andy Stein, who writes: ‘I have tried to create a late classical / early Romantic symphony out of this great chamber work, so that it perhaps would sound as if Schubert himself had conceived it in this form’.

The reconstruction of the Scherzo of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony is based on fragments from the composer’s notebooks.

The last movement uses segments from Schubert’s incidental music for Rosamunde, written shortly after he had set aside the Symphony, and which scholars believe may have been intended for its finale.

Naxos - 8572051

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 - Schubert: Symphony No. 8

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 - Schubert: Symphony No. 8


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Schubert:

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


Royal Philharmonic Masterworks - RPM28130

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Mozart: Symphonie Nr. 41 C-Dur K551 & Schubert: Symphonie Nr. 8 H-moll, D759

Mozart: Symphonie Nr. 41 C-Dur K551 & Schubert: Symphonie Nr. 8 H-moll, D759


Mozart:

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Schubert:

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


DG - 4697982

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8, Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 & Schumann: Symphony No. 4

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8, Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 & Schumann: Symphony No. 4


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Schubert:

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

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Schumann:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120


DG - 4318282

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Furtwängler conducts Schubert

Furtwängler conducts Schubert


Schubert:

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

10 February 1952

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

December 1951


John Ardoin writes in his note: "[In 1950] Furtwängler made his only studio version of the Eighth, and its sound is surprisingly harsh (with the Vienna strings more glassy than glossy), and the performance unexpectedly exaggerated in many places. Luckily, this EMI recording is not our principal means of measuring Furtwängler and the Eighth. Offsetting it is the more fluid and spontaneous live performance issued by DG from a live concert in Berlin in 1952. All the qualities that Furtwängler seems to have been reaching for in the score come to fruition here. From the opening, with its freedom of phrase, there is a feeling of being present at the birth of an original and poetic entity. The famous G major melody in particular has a unique, living sway to it, and not once does Furtwängler's imagination flag. During the course of this individual performance, one hears every detail in the score in miraculous balance." As to the major work on this CD, he writes, "Despite the magisterial results [Furtwängler] often achieves, no one performance stands out as ideal, though oddly enough his single studio performance (DG) comes closest to tying up all the work's loose ends and creating a consistently expressive whole."

Both performances have been re-processed with state-of-the-art digital technology.

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Sir Georg Solti conducts Beethoven & Schubert

Sir Georg Solti conducts Beethoven & Schubert


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Royal Albert Hall, London 1978

Schubert:

Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589

Orchestra Hall, Chicago 1979

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

Orchestra Hall, Chicago 1979


One of the legendary liaisons of the 20th century between conductor and orchestra is that of Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Solti himself described it as a "love affair".

Solti, one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, was a testament to the elegance and impeccable taste of Central European music making. His remarkable partnership with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra began in 1954; he was named Music Director in 1969 and held this post for a phenomenal 22 years.

Beethoven's beautiful First Symphony is sometimes labelled a 'fitting farewell to the 18th-century'.

Schubert composed his 'Unfinished' Symphony No.8 at the tender age of 25. After it was discovered and performed 37 years after his death, it quickly became one of the most universally beloved works in the symphonic repertoire.

BONUS: Sir Georg Solti gives a very personal introduction to Schubert's Symphonies "There is no limit to the orchestra's technical ability; the only limit is the conductor's imagination, and the musicians love to be stretched to the limit, to improve the performance…My philosophy became 'Let them play'." Sir Georg Solti

“Solti comes across vividly: lean, watchful, not without charm (more in Beethoven than in Schubert). The Chicagoans, though, look as impassive as the old VPO and only more woman-friendly by a margin of one.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2008 ***

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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'


After enjoying tremendous success for their Brahms symphony cycle on Telarc (upcoming will be a recording of the Serenades), Sir Charles and the SCO assay two of Schubert's greatest works. Sir Charles, as always, has done extensive research and study of Schubert's scores, and has uncovered new insights into both tempo and interpretation of these symphonies, which are both presented on one CD.

The SCO uses the same number of strings that orchestras of Schubert's time would employ, and as usual, play narrow-bore trombones, and natural trumpets and horns.

In "The Great" C Major Symphony, Sir Charles noticed that in the original score, the opening time signature is marked with the sign used for "Alla Breve," rather than the sign used for the customary four beats to the bar. Playing the introductory passage in two rather than in four affects the playing of the following Allegro section, according to Sir Charles.

He also addresses the issue of completion of the "Unfinished" Symphony, stating that he has in the past rounded out the two extant movements by including the Scherzo (left mainly unorchestrated) and a Finale from the incidental music to "Rosamunde." "However," he says, "the beauty of the end of the second movement seems so conclusive that nothing can follow it convincingly."

“Mackerras offers a crisply vivid interpretration [of No. 9], classily played in period style by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra” Classic FM Magazine, August 2011

“here are all the nuances of tempo and dynamics in performances which, though hardly suggesting a switch to a ‘post-Wagnerian’ viewpoint, provide a great deal more than mere textual, textural and timbral interest: they engage on an expressive level” Gramophone Magazine

Telarc - CD80502

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Schubert - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8

Schubert - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8


Schubert:

Overture D 590 in D major 'in the Italian style'

Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200

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


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Profil Medien - PH08019

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