This is a glorious recording of Schubert's Great C major symphony. I took it with me today on a walk in the winter countryside. The hedges were bare, the sky grey on the most depressing day in the year ( Jan 18th), or so it is reported, but I had great company and the glorious music in my ear made up for the dreary scenes around me. Up steep hill and along country roads, looking across bare, empty fields waiting for a new springtime, this glorious music thrilled me.
I have other recordings of this symphony - Jochum, Solti, Bolt, Beecham,Goodman, Krips, Szell, Menuhin, Abbado, Bohm, Davis - but this struck me today as glorious. I had often read about the primacy of the Berlin Philharmonic among the orchestras of the world, particularly in Von Karajan's time, and had wondered what all the adulation was about. However, today it sounded most beautiful to me. Every section of it and the whole orchestra played with great beauty, unity and purity, giving thrilling delight.
In his lifetime, the conductor Gunter Wand was slow to receive international recognition but now his reputation is assured as an outstanding conductor of the great German and Viennese masters. Here is the evidence of it. The sleeve note says that in later life he preferred to record music at live concerts and this is a live concert, with the audience's applause at the end, but there are no intrusive noises. Indeed it comes as a surprise at the end to hear the applause. He gathers you up and sweeps you along on a wave of glorious music, on and on it goes, gathering body like a wave as it goes along, to break at last in a glorious finale.
The recording is immediate, bright and clear yet with depth and a warm glow. A glorious recording at mid price. Don't miss it