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Franz Schubert

Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Thomas Daugaard

Symphony 3,4 & 5

€ 19.95
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  • Type CD
  • Label Bis
  • UPC 7318599917863
  • Catalog number BIS 1786
  • Release date 30 January 2014

About the album

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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    Symphony No. 3 in D major, D 200 I. Adagio maestoso – Allegro con brio
    Composer: Franz Schubert
     
    08:30
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    Symphony No. 3 in D major, D 200 II. Allegretto
    Composer: Franz Schubert
     
    04:08
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    Symphony No. 3 in D major, D 200 III. Menuetto. Vivace
    Composer: Franz Schubert
     
    03:48
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    Symphony No. 3 in D major, D 200 IV. Presto vivace
    Composer: Franz Schubert
     
    06:22
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    Symphony No. 4 in C minor, ‘Tragic’, D 417 I. Adagio molto – Allegro vivace
    Composer: Franz Schubert
     
    08:44
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    Symphony No. 4 in C minor, ‘Tragic’, D 417 II. Andante
    Composer: Franz Schubert
     
    07:27
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    Symphony No. 4 in C minor, ‘Tragic’, D 417 III. Menuetto. Allegro vivace
    Composer: Franz Schubert
     
    02:48
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    Symphony No. 4 in C minor, ‘Tragic’, D 417 IV. Allegro
    Composer: Franz Schubert
     
    10:11
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    Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D 485 I. Allegro
    Composer: Franz Schubert
     
    06:23
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    Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D 485 II. Andante con moto
    Composer: Franz Schubert
     
    08:49
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    Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D 485 III. Menuetto. Allegro molto
    Composer: Franz Schubert
     
    04:25
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    Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D 485 IV. Allegro vivace
    Composer: Franz Schubert
     
    07:41

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After Dausgaard’s successful recordings of Schubert’s last symphonies, this CD brings numbers 3, 4 and 5 in refreshing performances which, beyond this freshness, also show the composer’s sensitivity. Everything is indicating now that this will be the Complete Schubert Symphonies for our time.
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