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.
“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
“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