Schubert: Complete Symphonies

Schubert: Complete Symphonies
Composer Franz Schubert
Artist Staatskapelle Dresden
Herbert Blomstedt conductor
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 94693
EAN code 5028421946931
Release September 2013

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Bringing together all seven of Schubert’s completed symphonies, as well as the much-loved B minor ‘Unfinished’, this set charts the development of Schubert’s voice as a symphonist. His first six symphonies were composed between 1813 and 1818 for the orchestra at the religious school that he attended in Vienna. Although they could be considered to be apprentice works, and are clearly influenced by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and – in the case of the Sixth Symphony – Rossini, they are remarkable achievements for such a young composer, and the listener can hear some of the hallmarks of Schubert’s more forward-looking, romantic style, such as a bolder and richer harmonic language, beginning to emerge.

After a serious illness in 1822, from which he only partially recovered, Schubert composed his final symphonic masterpieces, the ‘Unfinished’ (1822) and the ‘Great’ (1825–6). From the haunting slow introduction and the extraordinary sense of pathos of the ‘Unfinished’ to the joyful and rhythmically vital ‘Great’ symphony, both works showcase Schubert the symphonist at the peak of his powers and are some of the most popular and enduring pieces in the orchestral canon.

Schubert’s complete symphonies are performed here by the legendary Staatskapelle Dresden under the inspired direction of celebrated conductor Herbert Blomstedt, praised by Gramophone for his "incomparably refined sensitivity and canny interpretative prowess".

Other information:
- Recordings made between 1978 and 1981 at the Lukaskirche in Dresden.
- “Probably the finest, most consistent Schubert cycles available” (David Hurwitz, Classicstoday.com, performance: 10).
- A superb recording of Schubert’s symphonies by the Staatskapelle Dresden, in full golden glory, conducted by Herbert Blomstedt, one of the most respected and revered conductors alive.
- A gem from the Berlin Classics catalogue, recorded between 1978 and 1981 in the famous acoustics of the Lukaskirche in Dresden, now available on Brilliant Classics!
- Contains booklet notes on the symphonies.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82: I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
  2. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82: II. Andante
  3. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82: III. Menuetto. Allegro
  4. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82: IV. Allegro vivace
  5. Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125: I. Largo – Allegro vivace
  6. Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125: II. Andante
  7. Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125: III. Menuetto. Allegro vivace
  8. Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125: IV. Presto vivace

Disk 2

  1. Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200: I. Adagio maestoso – Allegro con brio
  2. Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200: II. Allegretto
  3. Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200: III. Menuetto. Vivace
  4. Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200: IV. Presto vivace
  5. Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417 ‘Tragic’: I. Adagio molto
  6. Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417 ‘Tragic’: II. Andante
  7. Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417 ‘Tragic’: III. Menuetto. Allegro vivace
  8. Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417 ‘Tragic’: IV. Allegro

Disk 3

  1. Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485: I. Allegro
  2. Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485: II. Andante con moto
  3. Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485: III. Menuetto. Allegro molto
  4. Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485: IV. Allegro vivace
  5. Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589: I. Adagio – Allegro
  6. Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589: II. Andante
  7. Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589: III. Scherzo. Presto
  8. Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589: IV. Allegro moderato

Disk 4

  1. Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D.759 ‘Die Unvollendete’: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D.759 ‘Die Unvollendete’: II. Andante con moto
  3. Symphony No. 9 in C Major, Op. posth., D. 944 ‘The Great’: I. Andante – Allegro ma non troppo
  4. Symphony No. 9 in C Major, Op. posth., D. 944 ‘The Great’: II. Andante con moto
  5. Symphony No. 9 in C Major, Op. posth., D. 944 ‘The Great’: III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
  6. Symphony No. 9 in C Major, Op. posth., D. 944 ‘The Great’: IV. Finale. Allegro vivace