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Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9

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An album by Dresden Staatskapelle, Franz [Vienna] Schubert, and Herbert Blomstedt

This is a great Schubert Ninth. Herbert Blomstedt recorded a fine performance on London with the San Francisco Symphony, but they really can't compete in this repertoire with the incomparable Dresden orchestra. They play this music with such an effortless … see full wiki

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Schubert and Blomstedt: Like Minds

  • Oct 20, 2006
Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C major, known as The Great, has as colorful a history as the work itself. Written from 1925 to 1926 (as opposed to the previously thought period of his last days) it is a long (50 minute) work for the master and quite opposite form the morose later works is a symphony filled with light and buoyancy, a celebratory work that drives ever onward with the same kind of delineation Schubert garnered on his songs/lieder being written simulataneously. It was not performed until 1839, eleven years after the composer's too early demise at the age of 31, and the first performances included mistakes in the scoring not corrected for more than a half century. But the work was worth the wait: the Great symphony is truly well named, as it is one of the most magnificent of Schubert's instrumental creations.

Herbert Blomstedt, a conductor of the old school tradition (read Bruno Walter, Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwangler, etc), is fully in control of this large canvas. The recording with the Dresden Staatskapelle is first rate both in performance and in sound reproduction. The strings choirs are luminous and the all-important trombones and other brass portions are played with finesse. This is not just a happy accident recording: Blomstedt has just conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in this mighty symphony, completely from memory, and wholly immersed in not only the large architectural aspects of the piece but also in the spirit of the Schubertian melodic development. This is as fine a recording of the Schubert No. 9 as is available and one that will please even the most exacting connoisseurs. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, October, 06

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Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9
Label: Berlin Classics
Release Date: April 22, 1997

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