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Mendelssohn: Symphony No.8 "Unfinished" - Schubert: Symphony No.4 "Italian"

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  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (12 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GNF
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sym No. 8 in b D 759 'Unfinished': Allegro moderato
2. Sym No. 8 in b D 759 'Unfinished': Andante con moto
3. Sym No. 4 in A op.90 'Italian': Allegro vivace
4. Sym No. 4 in A op.90 'Italian': Andante con moto
5. Sym No. 4 in A op.90 'Italian': Con moto moderato
6. Sym No. 4 in A op.90 'Italian': Saltarello: Presto

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Shardlow on 21 May 2013
Format: Audio CD
The Penguin Guide gave Schubert 8 a rosette and the most glowing of reviews in the 1999 edition, and then just dropped it in the 2010! Gramophone mention it in passing, while making Abbado's "nothing special" production a top recommendation. The damning quote on Abbado's version, with which I heartily agree, comes from Third Ear, which says Sinopoli's version has "ravishing beauty". The highest praise you can give surely? But strangely Third Ear then neglects to give it a diamond!

I think this piece has been incredibly unlucky in catching all the "top" editors & reviewers on bad days, with reviews being deleted or perverted through error or misconception, like losing the Mona Lisa during a reshuffle at the Louvre. Otherwise, I can't understand why it isn't given all the accolades. Maybe it's dark, brooding, romantic intensity speaks to only a few people? If so I'm one of the lucky few. For me, this is one of those rare performances, a fiery beacon of consoling, over-whelming beauty to divert you from this dark, cynical, tragic world. Immerse yourself in the flames!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
This disc, very well recorded in 1983, received glowing reviews in various magazines such as The Gramophone upon its first release. The Penguin Guide continued to list it as being of outstanding merit. Thirty years later there seems little reason to challenge those initial responses.

Sinopoli was always very much his own man when it came to conducting. As he usually had something to say plus the technical means to say it, his relatively few recordings were never dull, even if sometimes controversial on points. This recording is another example in so far as he adopts very steady speeds throughout.

In lesser hands this could result in dullness but not in this case as the slower speeds enable Sinopoli to draw out details of phrasing and counter phrases, dynamics and a myriad of other relevant features that make these performances constantly revealing and rewarding. Of course, such an approach requires considerable expertise from the orchestral players and that is what he got here with the Philharmonia players inspired to give of their very best. Consequently the Schubert symphony acquires a gravitas that evades most other performances and the Mendelssohn achieves an exhilaration in its steady pacing of the last movement for example, that is both gripping and a joy. The rest of the symphony is presented at the same level.

The recording still sounds fine and I would suggest that this exceptional disc deserves very special consideration from prospective purchasers. This is not to say that it is the best or definitive - no recording of main repertoire can ever claim to be all things to all people, but this is certainly one of the very best ever made.
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1 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct. 2003
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The schubert symphony has a dark intensity that engages the listener, despite the "over-familiarity" of this well known piece. However the star of this CD is Mendelssohn's symphony, which has the requisite lightness and frivolity, with its beautifully captivating Italian rhythms. The CD is recommended for the Mendelssohn work.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A breakthrough recording for a unique conductor 1 Jan. 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Since this now-classic pairing of the Schubert "Unfinished" and Mendelssohn "Italian" Sym. is so well known, one can pause to refute David Hurwitz's abssurd claim that Sinopoli never fulfilled his early promise. This 1984 recording from London came at a time when English critics sniffed at Sinopoli during his tenure with the Philharmonia (a flagging ensemble since Klemperer's death that he revitalized). The same critics continue to look askance; Sinopoli made little impact in the U.S., since his guest aappearances with American orchestras were spotty.

Sinopoli came to conducting by an eccentric route through medical school and psychiatry--he was also a dedicated Egyptologist in his spare time--but Sinoploi was the real thing, a born conductor with amazing musical instincts. It takes such gifts to say something new about the Unfinished, which Sinopoli paces deliberately in both movements (2 or 3 min. slower in each than Klemperer and Bernstein, or even the later Sinopoli, who chose more standard tempos in his remake with the Dresden Staatskapelle for DG). Broadening the tempo allows him to personalize and dramatize every bar. One comes away feeling that new things happened from moment to moment, without a hint of rote repetition. The "Italian" is more conventional in the fast outer movements, but Sinopoli takes time to expressively shape the two middle movements, and the whole symphony is lifted high above routine. The recorded sound is a bit boomy and larger-than-life but quite warm.

This ability to make music seem freshly composed and original is something Sinopoli kept to the end. He left behind superlative opera recordings of Nabucco, Macbeth, Tannhauser, Salome, Tosca, The Flying Dutchman, Ariadne auf Naxos, Elektra, Die Frau Ohne Schatten, and Manon Lescaut (he died on the podium in his fifties conducting Aida), which hardly bespeaks failed promise. Even his Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, both marred by weak casting, are fascinating on his part.

Sinopoli's orcchestral interpretations were more controversial, and especially vexing to the British when he took up Elgar, a sacred monster that one simply doesn't tamper with. But there are quite a number of Mahler and Bruckner recordings that deserve high ratings, along with estimable Schumann, Richard Strauss, and this recording. Sinopoli was also a modernist composer and conducted at least one CD of his own music from an opera about the femme fatale of psychiatry, Lou Andreas Salome.

Overall, I would say that a listener could live with both these readings for life without needing another. I can't give higher praise, and as for dissing Sinopoli beyond the grave, talent will out in the end.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Exceptional Schubert 16 May 2007
By Mogulmeister - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those very rare performances that deserves the label "definitive". Sinopoli's performance of Schubert's 8th is not only in a league of its own, but takes you right to the core of this emotionally devastating music--and it's almost too difficult to listen to. Anyone who loves this symphony and does not own this performance is cheating themselves.

Just as a word of caution, do not confuse this performance with Sinopoli's later recording of the same symphony with the Dresden Staatskapelle--a routine and unexceptional performance and interpretation.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The best recording of Schubert's "Unfinished," bar none. 24 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sinopoli's conducting of the Philharmonia is exquisite. Here their lush string section is highlighted against bright brass and some resounding kettle drums. He brings a warm glow to the music's quiet passages, highlighting the symphony's subtle tragic dimension. Slower than Kleiber's interpretation, but with a poetic quality all its own.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Performances of Schubert and Mendlessohn Symphonies 6 Sept. 2001
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Without a doubt, this excellent recording was one of the best Sinopoli did with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Here he gives two vibrant readings of Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony and Mendlessohn's 4th "Italian" Symphony. The Philharmonia Orchestra's playing is quite refined, with much warmth and brilliance. Most noteworthy is the exceptional playing of the woodwind and string sections. Much to his credit, Sinopoli's conducting is not at all idiosyncratic, but remains faithful to Schubert's and Mendlessohn's scores. Anyone interested in a fine recording of these two symphonies will not be disappointed with this CD.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Two performances of familiar repertoire that are absolutely enthralling 23 April 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disc, very well recorded in 1983, received glowing reviews in various magazines such as The Gramophone upon its first release. The Penguin Guide continued to list it as being of outstanding merit. Thirty years later there seems little reason to challenge those initial responses.

Sinopoli was always very much his own man when it came to conducting. As he usually had something to say plus the technical means to say it, his relatively few recordings were never dull, even if sometimes controversial on points. This recording is another example in so far as he adopts very steady speeds throughout.

In lesser hands this could result in dullness but not in this case as the slower speeds enable Sinopoli to draw out details of phrasing and counter phrases, dynamics and a myriad of other relevant features that make these performances constantly revealing and rewarding. Of course, such an approach requires considerable expertise from the orchestral players and that is what he got here with the Philharmonia players inspired to give of their very best. Consequently the Schubert symphony acquires a gravitas that evades most other performances and the Mendelssohn achieves an exhilaration in its steady pacing of the last movement for example, that is both gripping and a joy. The rest of the symphony is presented at the same level.

The recording still sounds fine and I would suggest that this exceptional disc deserves very special consideration from prospective purchasers. This is not to say that it is the best or definitive - no recording of main repertoire can ever claim to be all things to all people, but this is certainly one of the very best ever made.
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