Unfinished Business: Schubert

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Thanks John. I had not heard of that recording but it sounds like the one to go for. I already have Mackerras with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in the "Great C major". There is so much to look for in Schubert's music. If only he'd lived a full life.

Graham

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Some interesting comments. Now I know why side 7 of my boxed set of LPs (with no notes) has overtures! I put Gastein Symphony into a search engine which quotes Grove as saying it was thought to be a lost symphony but is now recognized to be what I still think of as No 9. The set by Peter Maag & the Philharmonia Hungarica is good.

One disc of 8 & 9 which impressed me is by John Pritchard & the LPO on CfP. I thought I was buying Moura Lymany's Trout but the (sealed) case contained the symphonies. I gave it a play and was impressed and thought this is definately worth keeping. I later returned to the shop and got the Lympany  (which was in the sealed case for the symphonies).  I think Pritchard oberves every repeat (over 79 minutes for the two).

Krips's LSO 9 is excellent but my favourite Schubert symphony recording has to be Beecham's 3 & 5.

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I agree, 33lp: the Beecham & RPO's recordings of Schubert's 3rd, 5th and 6th from mid to late 50's are outstanding indeed (notably the 3rd!).

Another classic is Furtwangler's reading of the great one (DG/1951): my favourite. Talking about "the unfinished", if you want to go historic, the same Furtwangler & VPO team recorded a great version in 1950: the one to go imo.

But if sound is a prime concern and you look for a good digital recording, look for Wand & BPO's recording on RCA (1995) - a good contender for Krips - originally available in a twofer comprising both 8th and 9th: very good even though Wand's pace imo sometimes is a bit .....on the slow side (typical of the last Wand's readings?).

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78RPM wrote:

Another classic is Furtwangler's reading of the great one (DG/1951): my favourite.

The 1942 live recording of the 9th is even more electrifying, but the 1951 studio recording may be a tad more balanced, and it has the benefit of a better recording. Choosing between those two legendary performances is impossible, at least for me.

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Thanks everyone for these suggestions. Parla I have just raided my old man's collection this afternoon and listened to the 'stormy' Karajan as you nicely put it. Yes, it is stormy!

It's coupled with Dvorak's New World on DG CD. The date of the Schubert is 1965 with the BPO of course which interestingly puts it in the same time-zone as the Bohm with the same orchestra.

I just have one quibble about this Karajan version; the dynamic contrasts in the 1st movement are a bit too dramatic and accentuated for me. The 2nd movement is better in terms of dynamics and the mood is just right.

Not sure yet whether to go for Abbado, Kleiber, Krips etc...The mention of the Furtwangler has got me interested too!

Mark

Fraz Jo - disapntd. Bn ringin this grl al week. No ansr...looks lke she changed her mnd. O well...Ldwg...

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Today, on the way back from my work, waiting for a traffic light, it's a grey winter day with a bit of wet snow, mp3 of Schubert's Great C-major on the car audio, the 1942 recording with Furtwängler and the BPO.

The moment in the andante where the key changes from A to F major and the horns softly announcing the movement's 2nd theme, one of those marvels in music that makes you wonder how it's possible that four notes of a falling scale (a-g-f-e) can evoke such wealth and depth of emotion... manly tears.

Sound of a car horn behind me breaking the spell.

 

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That's the Greatness of Schubert, 50m, not any modern, post-modern or avant-garde composer. Unfortunately, for all the great endeavours of other more modern composers in the 20th century and onwards, their projects never reached this "marvels" of music of the Great Classics, which, no matter how many times you listen to or how simple they may sound at times, you'll never feel bored or the same.

Parla

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Nope, I'm not gonna bite.

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You don't have to. There is no "bait"! (Just Schubert's Great).

Parla

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Thanks again everyone. I've gone for Kleiber/VPO on DG CD and Harnoncourt with Concertgebouw on Apex. For the moment!

50ml/78 rpm - the Furtwangler is there on Amazon, at a high price of circa £25. It'll be going in the basket at some point!

John - that disc of the other unfinished symphonic works looks like it will be going in the basket as well.

Mark

PS I have to admit I passed up on Abbado boxed set on Friday with COE at M'cr HMV. Not sure about a boxed set just yet!

Fraz Jo - disapntd. Bn ringin this grl al week. No ansr...looks lke she changed her mnd. O well...Ldwg...

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