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Schubert - Symphonies 3, 4 & 5

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Catalogue numberBIS-1786 SACD
Release date2014-01-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time80:58

”… very high standard of excellence. …The recording really packs a punch at climaxes, especially given the aggressive Swedish brass, so brace yourself. This is Schubert that’s really cookin’.” musicweb-international.com 04/2014

Working their way backwards through the symphonic output of Franz Schubert, Thomas Dausgaard and his Swedish Chamber Orchestra have now reached Symphonies Nos 3, 4 and 5. The team’s accounts of the ‘Unfinished’ and ‘Great C major’ made critics sit up and take notice: ‘a consistently refreshing view of both masterpieces’ was the verdict of the reviewer in Gramophone, whose colleague in Daily Telegraph compared the result to ‘having a layer of varnish removed from a much-loved painting’. That disc was followed by a Sixth which ‘does away with many clichés of interpretation aimed at lending the work an inappropriate late-beethovenian heaviness’ (klassik.com), coupled with the orchestral movements of the music to ‘Rosamunde’ in ‘a tremendously transparent, clear and precise interpretation’ (Pizzicato). The three symphonies that Dausgaard and the orchestra now offer us were all composed before Schubert had turned twenty, mainly for the use of student or private orchestras. They nevertheless demonstrate their composer’s astonishing command of the orchestral medium, and although influences from Haydn and Mozart are clearly discernible, the young Schubert exhibits a striking independence in his approach to this the most prestigious of all genres. Schubert himself doesn’t seem to have taken much interest in the works after having composed them, however, not even mentioning them to prospective publishers. This possibly influenced Brahms when he was co-editor of the first critical edition of Schubert's works and advised against the publication of these early symphonies, regarding them as nothing more than preliminary stops on the way to the late masterworks. But that was at a time (the late 1800s) when Schubert’s genius was not yet widely recognized – today it is hard to imagine being without the irrepressible tarantella-finale of the Third Symphony, the dramatic tension of the opening of the ‘Tragic’ No. 4, or the Mozartian minuet of the Fifth.
 
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  Composer: Schubert, Franz Francois
  Symphony No.3 in D major, D200 (1815) 22:48
01 I. Adagio maestoso – Allegro con brio 08:30 $ 1.79 USD
02 II. Allegretto 04:08 $ 0.87 USD
03 III. Menuetto. Vivace 03:48 $ 0.80 USD
04 IV. Presto vivace 06:22 $ 1.34 USD
 
  Symphony No.4 in C minor, ‘Tragic’, D417 (1816) 29:10
05 I. Adagio molto – Allegro vivace 08:44 $ 1.83 USD
06 II. Andante 07:27 $ 1.56 USD
07 III. Menuetto. Allegro vivace 02:48 $ 0.59 USD
08 IV. Allegro 10:11 $ 2.14 USD
 
  Symphony No.5 in B flat major, D485 (1816) 27:18
09 I. Allegro 06:23 $ 1.34 USD
10 II. Andante con moto 08:49 $ 1.85 USD
11 III. Menuetto. Allegro molto 04:25 $ 0.93 USD
12 IV. Allegro vivace 07:41 $ 1.61 USD
 
  Album total 80:58
ComposerSchubert, Franz Francois
ConductorDausgaard, Thomas
OrchestraSwedish Chamber Orchestra (Svenska Kammarorkestern)

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