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'


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


Reissue Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert

“[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

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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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Furtwangler conducts Schubert, Mendelssohn & Wagner

Furtwangler conducts Schubert, Mendelssohn & Wagner


Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Gioconda De Vito (violin)

Schubert:

Rosamunde, D797: Overture

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

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod


These performances were recorded in Torino in 1952. The violin soloist is Gioconda De Vito. The bonus is a famous 1942 wartime recording of Furtwängler conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in a performance of Schubert’s Great C major Symphony.

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Kurt Sanderling

Kurt Sanderling


Schubert:

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

Recorded: BBC Studios, Manchester, 17 April 1978

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Recorded: Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 30 September 1975


BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, Kurt Sanderling

Sanderling was born in Arys, East Prussia on 19 September 1912. From 1942 to 1960 he was joint principal conductor with Evgeny Mravinsky at the Leningrad Philharmonic, and then led the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and Dresden Staatskapelle. During the 1960s Sanderling made successful appearances in Prague, Salzburg, Vienna and Warsaw, and made his British debut in 1970, becoming particularly associated with the Philharmonia in January 1980, and was later appointed their Conductor Emeritus. He conducted the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in 1976 in a sequence of outstanding performances which led to subsequent appearances with the orchestra in 1978, 1980 and 1990. During the 1990s Sanderling enjoyed a distinguished international career, giving notable performances with the Royal Amsterdam Concertgebouw, LA Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio and Cleveland orchestras.

Sanderling appears to have recorded 'Ein Heldenleben' on the obscure Japanese Weitblick label from 1972 though it is not known if this is still available. Notwithstanding, this Manchester live recording with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra preserves Sanderling's wonderful performance in Manchester's Free Trade Hall on 30th September 1975 in excellent stereo. In April 1978, Sanderling returned to Manchester and conducted the BBCNSO once again, this time under studio conditions in Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, Sanderling's ONLY published account of this work, again in excellent stereo.

Leader Barry Griffiths recalls Sanderling in rehearsal as being 'very easy going and extremely pleasant to work with. He was very relaxed and humorous. As far as performance was concerned: 'He gave us the impression that he thought we were a great orchestra and as a result he got the absolute most out of us. In performance he was always in command but never tense. This was the first time that I had played the solo part in Heldenleben in public, and he helped me all the way through.'

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Schubert - Symphonies Nos. 5, 6, 8 & 9

Schubert - Symphonies Nos. 5, 6, 8 & 9


Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589

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

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


Camerata Academica des Mozarteums Salzburg, Sandor Végh

“The delectable No 5 receives a near-ideal performance, with lovely woodwind, an equality of strings and wind, and a lightness of touch that period-instrument players couldn’t better. The account of the Unfinished has similar virtues.” Sunday Times, 14th February 2010 ***

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt at Eighty - Harnoncourt & Schubert

Nikolaus Harnoncourt at Eighty - Harnoncourt & Schubert


includes:

Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Magnificat in C major, D486

Christiane Oelze, Elisabeth von Magnus, Herbert Lippert, Gerald Finley

Arnold Schonberg Chor, Concentus musicus Wien

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

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Offertorium 'Intende voci', D963  

Herbert Lippert

Concentus Musicus Wien

plus movements from other works:

- Symphony No. 9 in C major D944, 'Great': I Andante - Allegro non troppo, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

- Mass No. 5 in A flat major D678, 'Missa Solemnis': IV Sanctus Luba Orgonasova, Birgit Remmert, Deon Van der Walt, Anton Scharinger, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Chamber Orchestra of Europe

- Mass No. 5 in A flat major D678, 'Missa Solemnis': V Benedictus

- Mass No. 5 in A flat major D678, 'Missa Solemnis': VI Agnus Dei

- Ballet Music from Rosamunde D797: II Andantino Wiener Symphoniker

- Symphony No. 3 in D major D200: I Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

- Symphony No. 4 in C minor D417, 'Tragic': III Menuetto - Allegro vivace, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

- Symphony No. 6 in C major D589, 'Little': III Scherzo Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

- Mass No. 6 in E flat major D950, 'Missa Solemnis': III Credo, Chamber Orchestra of Europe


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