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Schubert - The Symphonies

Composer Franz Schubert
Performer Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2514 SACD
EAN 7318599925141
Format SACD Hybrid

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

  –  4 discs
Release date Aug 2022
Total time 299'40

4 SACDs for the price of 3
It was only after his death that Franz Schubert’s symphonic works made an impact in music history. In fact, the first public performance of any of Schubert’s symphonies took place at a memorial concert held a few weeks after the composer had passed away, on 19th November 1828. The work that was heard at that occasion was Symphony No.6, D589, the ‘Little C major’, while the two undisputed master works of the series – the ‘Great C major’ and the ‘Unfinished’ – had to wait until 1838 and 1865, respectively, before being performed. &&&

The six symphonies that precede them in the list of completed works were all composed between 1813 and 1818, while Schubert was still only 21 years of age. In a style above all oriented on Haydn and Mozart, they are youthful in the best sense of the word and display a disarming freshness which the present performances convey to perfection. The four discs gathered here were released singly between 2010 and 2014, receiving critical acclaim in the international music press: the reviewer in The Daily Telegraph (UK) described the experience as ‘having a layer of varnish removed from a much-loved painting’ while his colleague in Fanfare wrote that the approach by Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra ‘changes the landscape’, proposing that the cycle ‘could become a first choice among any available.’ The set also include some shorter orchestral works, among them the much-loved Rosamunde Overture.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Franz Schubert
  Symphony No.1 in D major, D 82 27'37
01 I. Adagio - Allegro vivace 10'52
02 II. Andante 6'43
03 III. Menuetto. Allegretto 4'06
04 IV. Allegro vivace 5'56
 
05 Funeral March from Adrast, D 137 4'34
 
  Symphony No.2 in B flat major, D 125 34'01
06 I. Largo - Allegro vivace 14'12
07 II. Andante 8'26
08 III. Menuetto. Allegro vivace 3'00
09 IV. Presto vivace 8'23
 
10 Die Zauberharfe (Rosamunde Overture, to the magic play by Georg von Hofmann), D 644 10'23
 
 
Disc 2
  Symphony No.3 in D major, D 200 23'14
01 I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio 8'36
02 II. Allegretto 4'11
03 III. Menuetto. Vivace 3'49
04 IV. Presto vivace 6'38
 
  Symphony No.4 in C minor (Tragic), D 417 29'38
05 I. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace 8'50
06 II. Andante 7'31
07 III. Menuetto. Allegro vivace 2'51
08 IV. Allegro 10'26
 
  Symphony No.5 in B flat major, D 485 28'00
09 I. Allegro 6'27
10 II. Andante con moto 8'54
11 III. Menuetto. Allegro molto 4'28
12 IV. Allegro vivace 8'11
 
 
Disc 3
  Symphony No.6 in C major (Little C major), D 589 30'30
01 I. Adagio - Allegro 9'08
02 II. Andante 6'12
03 III. Scherzo. Presto - Trio. Più lento 6'09
04 IV. Allegro moderato 9'01
 
  Rosamunde (incidental music), D 797 32'12
05 Entr'acte No.1 in B minor. Allegro molto moderato 7'50
06 Entr'acte No.3 in B flat major. Andantino 6'30
07 Entr'acte No.2 in D major. Andante 2'59
08 Ballet Music No.2 in G major. Andantino 7'12
09 Ballet Music No.1 in B minor/G major. Allegro moderato - Andante un poco assai 7'41
 
 
Disc 4
  Symphony No.8 in B minor (Unfinished), D 759 20'46
01 I. Allegro moderato 11'13
02 II. Andante con moto 9'33
 
  Symphony No.9 in C major (Great), D 944 58'29
03 I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo 14'48
04 II. Andante con moto 14'02
05 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace 13'48
06 IV. Finale. Allegro vivace 15'51
 
  Album total 299'40
ComposerSchubert, Franz
OrchestraSwedish Chamber Orchestra (Svenska Kammarorkestern)
ConductorDausgaard, Thomas

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