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Schubert: Symphonies Nos.1 & 2 (CD 1)
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Schubert: Symphonies Nos.1 & 2 (CD 1)

30 Jan. 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1988
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 1988
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1988 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 58:29
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  • ASIN: B005KUZO1A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,849 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a well recorded and played disc of very early Schubert.

Like Mozart, Schubert was writing expertly at an age when most of us are still being taught to cope with basic educational skills. As a result, his orchestration and the use of his favoured variation form rather than the sort of developmental ideas of Beethoven for example, is already interesting and keeps the attention. Both symphonies are completely lyrical and predominantly lively in the faster movements or simply melodic in the slower movements..

Abbado and his excellent orchestra bring out all of these characteristics very well and there is a palpable sense of enjoyment. The only improvement that could be made would have been to have used period instruments such as used by Tafelmusik for instance, as this would markedly clarify the textures, especially in the lower ranges and the timpani and trumpets would cut through without being overwhelming. However that is not an option available on disc as yet* and even then it would have to match the musicality of this series of discs.

As regards 'series' the whole set of the symphonies is available as a boxed set and at an advantageous price so that may be an even better buy for some purchasers. All the performances in the set are equally good and the later symphonies are less affected by the lack of period sound.

In summary therefore, I would suggest that either this single disc, or the whole boxed set, ought to be given serious consideration by potential purchasers interested in either an 'only' purchase or to collectors interested in multiple versions.

* The option on period instruments is now available and the review can be read under Schubert symphonies by Immerseel - absolutely superb in every way.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on 19 Oct. 2014
Format: Audio CD
At thruppence, the God of Small Things values this disc. I protested. He replied "Buster - there comes a point where I don't bother with shrapnel!" The same result ensued with the Wearer of the Shoes of the Fisherman; while he is big on Peter's Pence (those legal bills will not stop), this fails to register in his scheme of things. Even Ringo Starr, he of Octopus' Garden fame, is downcast whenever they're played. Me, I could nominate ninety plus symphonies by Haydn that I prefer to these potboilers. Are D 82 & D 125 (and why stop there?) the most over-recorded works in the repertoire? I suspect so. Being juvenile academia, they're near worthless. And in saying so, I acknowledge the claims of Beethoven's first two and a third piano concertos. I don't know how anyone gets their cheapies out of these shockers. And to think that DG, in its insolence, once released it at full-price with no fillers. With so many cross-overs and tributes to Pavarotti in the air, oh how the mighty have fallen!

Adding to my despondency, Uncle Claudio and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe are centre stage. Over the years, they warrant comparison with Governor Tarkin and the Death Star. Much to my surprise, they play with grunt. Indeed, there is more torque here than what was subsequently lavished (so to speak) on Mozart in Abbado's performances with that pissant eponymous orchestra. The recording is excellent. But to what vivid end?

Life is so short. You have yet to read Pushkin or write that poem. Tahiti awaits you. Let it not be!
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