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Schubert – Symphonies Nos 1 & 2

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1989 SACD
Release date2014-08-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time76:39

Final disc in the series

”… impressively fine and precise string playing and exuberant energy… The sound is magnificent: impeccable, crystal-clear recording.”

On the final disc of a complete cycle, Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra offer us their readings of Franz Schubert's first two symphonies. Written between 1813 and 1815, by a composer still in his teens, both works exemplify the influences of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven on the young man – something which was long regarded as a weakness: until well into the twentieth century (with just a few exceptions) their existence was of interest primarily to archivists. They nevertheless contain abundant proof of Schubert's melodic genius – for instance in the Andante of Symphony No.1 – and other trademarks of the composer are already in evidence: his beloved ‘Wanderer’ rhythm in the finale of the Second Symphony, and throughout his confident and individual handling of form and harmony. The previous three discs in the cycle have met with critical acclaim and distinctions, with many reviewers welcoming the fresh approach towards the undisputed masterpieces (the ‘Unfinished’ and the ‘Great C major’) as well as to the less familiar earlier works. The present disc include two fillers, of which one is the rarely heard Funeral March from the unfinished opera Adrast from 1819-20, Schubert's second attempt in the genre. Far better known is the closing work, the well-loved ‘Rosamunde Overture’. Composed around the same time as Adrast, it was actually part of the music to the melodrama Die Zauberharfe, but has later become associated with the incidental music to Rosamunde, Fürstin von Zypern, which Schubert would write some three years later.
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$ 17.98
Extra material for download
  Composer: Schubert, Franz
  Symphony No.1 in D major, D82 (1813) 27:05
01 I. Adagio – Allegro vivace 10:45 $ 2.58 USD
02 II. Andante 06:37 $ 1.59 USD
03 III. Menuetto. Allegretto 04:03 $ 0.97 USD
04 IV. Allegro vivace 05:40 $ 1.36 USD
05 Funeral March from Adrast, D137 (1819–20) 04:23 $ 1.05 USD
  Symphony No.2 in B flat major, D125 (1814–15) 33:35
06 I. Largo – Allegro vivace 14:06 $ 3.38 USD
07 II. Andante 08:22 $ 2.01 USD
08 III. Menuetto. Allegro vivace 03:00 $ 0.72 USD
09 IV. Presto vivace 08:07 $ 1.95 USD
10 Die Zauberharfe, Overture (‘Rosamunde’ Overture) 09:51 $ 2.36 USD
  Album total 76:39
ComposerSchubert, Franz
OrchestraSwedish Chamber Orchestra (Svenska Kammarorkestern)
ConductorDausgaard, Thomas

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