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Schubert: Symphony No 9 [Original recording remastered]

Günter Wand Audio CD
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  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (8 May 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B0001TSWO6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 9 In C Major, Op. Posth: I. Andante-Allegro Ma Non Troppo14:39£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 9 In C Major, Op. Posth: II. Part 1. Andante Con Moto10:43£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 9 In C Major, Op. Posth: II. Part II. Andante Con Moto 6:28£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 9 In C Major, Op. Posth: III. Scherzo. Allegro Vivace11:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 9 In C Major, Op. Posth: IV. Finale. Allegro Vivace11:32£0.69  Buy MP3 

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Waiting For... 18 Feb 2007
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This Ninth, originally issued with a companion Unfinished - also from Berlin - marked the renewal of Gunter Wand's on/off relationship with the Philharmonic: a cause for celebration. There is surely no more exciting Great C Major since Furtwangler and of course Wand's RCA DDD recording enjoys vastly superior sound to his godlike predecessor. Some of the playing on this disc is indescribably beautiful and unlike some highly regarded recordings on other labels, Wand's Schubert never drags, especially not in the finale. Applause is retained at the end, understandably. Worth any price. Wonderful.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunter Wand in glorious Schubert 18 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful recording 29 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
I'm by nature a rock fan, but my collection also includes a few dozen classical discs, this being one of them. I bought this as an addition to my original recording, mainly because I was out the country and didn't bring my own copy with me.
I got this (a day earlier than suggested) and gave it a listen.
Now, I'm no expert. Really I am not.
But there is a definite, though subtle difference with this recording and, pardon me, but it rocks! It seems more.....bouncy, more alive, but then it was a live concert recording.
Bottom line? It's a beautiful, soul stirring piece. Buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE JOURNEY'S END AT LEAST 29 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is now the tenth Great C Major in my collection, and in many ways I think it the best of them. It gives me something I have been looking for ever since I opened this collection with Krips and the Concertgebouw, namely all or nearly all Krips's special excellence without a couple of things in his performance that annoy me.

What was particularly to my liking about Krips was the rightness of his tempi, as it seemed to me, in the first two movements and also in the finale, although nobody that I know goes off the rails there. Wand gives me the same reaction: the opening andante is exactly my idea of it, and the main allegro non troppo is at least in the right ballpark. To my inexpressible delight Wand, like Krips, does not make the exposition repeat in the allegro, but he does make a ritardando for the second subject. This is the way most critics seem to like it, and although for years I took the side of Krips (and Mackerras) in keeping the speed steady (because the first and second subjects occur later in counterpoint so they have to be at the same speed at that point at least) I am less fixed in my ideas about the matter now. One thing he does that is new to me and that convinces me completely is right at the end of the first movement. This coda is pure operetta in idiom, and at a faster speed than before, until the tone suddenly becomes solemn and the melody of the andante returns fortissimo. A rigid beat here, Mackerras-style, seems wrong, but an abrupt slamming-on of the brakes is hard to bring off too. Wand applies his slowing a few bars before, and I was left with the question `Why did nobody think of that before?' And he does even better: Schubert revised and thickened the scoring, which Tovey thought obscured the melody.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Schubert 25 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
Surely the best recording available, what a shame Wand didn't get to record and conduct with the Berlin PO more often. This was his final disc and one of his greatest. Wand really captures the beautiful flow of Schubert, that so many seem unable to find. Play this on the car stereo, but try not to close your eyes!!
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