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Schubert - Symphonies Nos 1 & 2

Composer Franz Schubert
Performer Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-1989 SACD
EAN 7318599919898
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Aug 2014
Total time 76'39


Final disc in the series

“The conducting, playing and recorded sound guarantee a maximum yield of musical pleasure. Strongly recommended.” Classical Ear

On the final disc of a complete cycle, Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra offer us their readings of Franz Schubert's first two symphonies. Written between 1813 and 1815, by a composer still in his teens, both works exemplify the influences of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven on the young man – something which was long regarded as a weakness: until well into the twentieth century (with just a few exceptions) their existence was of interest primarily to archivists. They nevertheless contain abundant proof of Schubert's melodic genius – for instance in the Andante of Symphony No.1 – and other trademarks of the composer are already in evidence: his beloved ‘Wanderer’ rhythm in the finale of the Second Symphony, and throughout his confident and individual handling of form and harmony. The previous three discs in the cycle have met with critical acclaim and distinctions, with many reviewers welcoming the fresh approach towards the undisputed masterpieces (the ‘Unfinished’ and the ‘Great C major’) as well as to the less familiar earlier works. The present disc include two fillers, of which one is the rarely heard Funeral March from the unfinished opera Adrast from 1819-20, Schubert's second attempt in the genre. Far better known is the closing work, the well-loved ‘Rosamunde Overture’. Composed around the same time as Adrast, it was actually part of the music to the melodrama Die Zauberharfe, but has later become associated with the incidental music to Rosamunde, Fürstin von Zypern, which Schubert would write some three years later.
 
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  Franz Schubert
  Symphony No.1 in D major, D82 (1813) 27'05
01 I. Adagio – Allegro vivace 10'45
02 II. Andante 6'37
03 III. Menuetto. Allegretto 4'03
04 IV. Allegro vivace 5'40
 
05 Funeral March from Adrast, D137 (1819–20) 4'23
 
  Symphony No.2 in B flat major, D125 (1814–15) 33'35
06 I. Largo – Allegro vivace 14'06
07 II. Andante 8'22
08 III. Menuetto. Allegro vivace 3'00
09 IV. Presto vivace 8'07
 
10 Die Zauberharfe, Overture (‘Rosamunde’ Overture) 9'51
 
  Album total 76'39
ComposerSchubert, Franz
OrchestraSwedish Chamber Orchestra (Svenska Kammarorkestern)
ConductorDausgaard, Thomas

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