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Finishing the unfinished
on 26 September 2006
I bought this box set to get hold of Brian Newbould's realisation of the 7th symphony in E major. If you're a Schubert enthusiast or scholar I would recommend buying this for the 7th symphony and the other fragments included. I haven't seen the manuscripts for the 7th symphony but am a professional musician and think that Newbould has done a great job particularly with the use of motif in the outer movements.
The seventh symphony is a fascinating link between the earlier symphonies and the later mature sounding eighth and ninth, as well as being a delightful symphony in its own right. The fragments of other symphonies will also interest the enthusiast.
One can only speculate what Schubert would have done. Newbould has orchestrated Schubert's music as it was left in sketches and that is all that anyone can do. Personally I can imagine that Schubert would have revised his initial thoughts creating more polished finished pieces, but that is outside the remit of anyone else except Schubert. Professor Newbould has given us access to largely unknown repertoire by a great master, using skill and care to present the unfinished fragments in versions Schubert may well have been happy to call his own.