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SCHUBERT, F.: Symphonies (Complete) (Dresden Staatskapelle, Blomstedt)

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release date: December 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Dresden Staatskapelle


Herbert Blomstedt


Dresden Staatskapelle


Record Label
Brilliant Classics


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 256:24
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Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82

1 I. Adagio - Allegro vivace 11:47
2 II. Andante 06:38
3 III. Menuetto: Allegretto 04:13
4 IV. Allegro vivace 06:07

Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125

5 I. Largo - Allegro vivace 13:55
6 II. Andante 08:15
7 III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace 03:26
8 IV. Presto vivace 08:06

Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200

9 I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio 08:51
10 II. Allegretto 04:19
11 III. Menuetto: Vivace 03:56
12 IV. Presto vivace 05:51

Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417, "Tragic"

13 I. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace 08:39
14 II. Andante 08:58
15 III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace 03:05
16 IV. Allegro 10:53

Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485

17 I. Allegro 07:14
18 II. Andante con moto 09:35
19 III. Menuetto: Allegro molto 05:04
20 IV. Allegro vivace 07:39

Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589

21 I. Adagio - Allegro 09:46
22 II. Andante 07:37
23 III. Scherzo: Presto 06:27
24 IV. Allegro moderato 09:41

Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, "Unfinished"

25 I. Allegro moderato 14:19
26 II. Andante con moto 10:31

Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, "Great"

27 I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo 13:31
28 II. Andante con moto 16:03
29 III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace 10:05
30 IV. Allegro vivace 11:53
 Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra
 Herbert Blomstedt Conductor

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’.

These recordings were made between 1978 and 1981 at the Lukaskirche in Dresden.

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