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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4,5,6,8 CD

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  • Orchestra: London Classical Players
  • Conductor: Roger Norrington
  • Audio CD (4 Aug. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00008Y178
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
  2. II. Andante
  3. III. Menuetto (Allegro vivace) - Trio
  4. IV. Allegro
  5. I. Adagio - Allegro
  6. II. Andante
  7. III. Scherzo (Presto - più lento)
  8. IV. Allegro moderato

Disc: 2

  1. I. Allegro
  2. II. Andante con moto
  3. III. Menuetto (Allegro molto) & Trio
  4. IV. Allegro vivace
  5. I. Allegro moderato
  6. II. Andante con moto
  7. Overture: Die Zauberharfe D.644

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This review is for the B minor Symphony N0.8 (Unfinished), reviews for the other symphonies in the collection will follow.

A few background notes might not go amiss before considering the performance of the B minor Symphony under review.

Were one to hear this symphony for the first time without any knowledge of the composer's circumstances at the time of composition, what might we conclude? An extraordinarily tragic work by any standards and by an accomplished experienced musician possibly of maturing years. But Schubert was only 26 when he composed the completed two movements of what was apparently intended to be a more extended work, possibly with four movements (only a sketch for the scherzo remain, with conjectural notions on what Schubert might have intended for the finale).

Three composers from the so-called classical era come to mind when considering works by young people of exceptional talent, Mozart, Schubert himself, and Mendelssohn. All achieved works of astonishing maturity at an early age in life, perhaps the two latter more so than Mozart. Such accomplishments are often linked to the word genius, but genius is a difficult word and one I should prefer to avoid wherever possible. (Were Bach and Haydn, for example, no less accomplished in their consistent output with works of great originality and power produced in relatively late years of life?)

Compared to Mozart and Mendelssohn, Schubert had a Spartan upbringing: Mozart was to a degree pampered and exhibited to the listening public by a fanatical father, Mendelssohn lived in comfortable circumstances and was besides gifted as a performer, writer and graphic artist.
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This was top choice on Radio 3's CD review - and it is an absolutely superb recording. Listening to this on good quality equipment, I heard things I'd never heard before. The orchestra has, I am told, the right balance of musicians in each group - the same as Schubert would have used. It renewed my love of this music and is easily the best of the three recordings I have, especially of No.8.
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One of the few recordings of Schubert 6. A very pleasing performance.

The small orchestra is in line with the forces available to Schubert at the time of composition and thus the full enjoyment of the sixth in particular is part of this selection.

Recommended for schubert buffs.
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avery fine performance of symphony 4, well worth being chosen for Building a Library. Other symphonies are very vital and lively
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HASH(0x95840e04) out of 5 stars Classical, Not Romantic Schubert 17 Jan. 2014
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These performances of three early and one "late" symphony of Schubert are both bracing and youthfully brisk, done on tart "period" instruments of Schubert's time. This produces what Schubert would have heard and expected to hear. Just listening to each performance convinces that these are "right," although certainly this is not the only way to do these works. Abaddo and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, for example, have recorded equally excellent performances of this music on standard "modern" instruments (except for No. 4, which, to my taste, is done better by Norrington).
Perhaps Abaddo and others may bring in a bit more charm, but I think this gets into subjective taste. Just be objective and listen carefully. I think you'll like these throughly winning performances. Sound is good. Warm and focused.
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