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Schubert: Complete Symphonies / Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden

Schubert / Staatskapelle Dresden / Blomstedt
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94693   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


There are so many Schubert cycles available now, many of them very fine, but this may well be the best of all. Without taking anything away from Blomstedt, whose Schubert credentials are second to none (his San Francisco remakes for Decca were also excellent), the principal asset here is the Staatskapelle Dresden, whose lean but glowing sonority, textural transparency, and world class solo winds prove ideal for Schubert, both early and late.

So often in this music, for example, the trumpets and drums either blast crudely (period instrument performances), or aren’t audible at all (modern instruments). Here, they cut through the ensemble without sounding out of balance and energize the
Read more melodic line. And then there’s Blomstedt, the kind of conductor who truly loses himself in the music in a good way; you aren’t conscious of a guiding hand at all in the sense that each movement moves naturally, inexorably, at an ideal tempo, as if self-propelled. Consider, for example, the delicious bounce to the opening allegro of the Third Symphony.

The above comments, however, should not be taken as an indication that this is a “middle of the road” cycle in terms of emotional intensity. Blomstedt grinds out the menacing climax of the first movement development in the “Unfinished” as well as anyone, and in “The Great” C major Symphony he shapes an eloquent interpretation without a single dead spot, culminating in an overwhelmingly energetic finale. The sonics, like the interpretations, never interpose themselves between the listener and a visceral experience of the music. A great set, for sure.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in D major, D 82 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1982 
2.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814-1824; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 3 in D major, D 200 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Symphony no 4 in C minor, D 417 "Tragic" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1984 
6.
Symphony no 6 in C major, D 589 "Little C Major" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1825-28; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82: II. Andante
Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82: IV. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125: I. Largo - Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125: II. Andante
Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125: III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125: IV. Presto vivace
Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200: I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200: II. Allegretto
Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200: III. Menuetto: Vivace
Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200: IV. Presto vivace
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417, "Tragic": I. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417, "Tragic": II. Andante
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417, "Tragic": III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417, "Tragic": IV. Allegro
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485: III. Menuetto: Allegro molto
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485: IV. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589: I. Adagio - Allegro
Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589: II. Andante
Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589: III. Scherzo: Presto
Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589: IV. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, "Unfinished": I. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, "Unfinished": II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, "Great": I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo
Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, "Great": II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, "Great": III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, "Great": IV. Allegro vivace

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 EXTRA FINE SCHUBERT SET January 25, 2014 By J. Thornburg (Englewood, CO) See All My Reviews "I love this orchestra. They mesh as a unit and each section blends seamlessly for stunning results. The recording is of a superior quality that perfectly compliments this fine orchestra, highlighting their unity. The selfless conducting and performing reminds the listener that: "The music is the star here."" Report Abuse
 Top Notch Schubert January 14, 2014 By Joseph Lieber, MD (Great Neck, NY) See All My Reviews "The Blomstedt set of the Schubert symphonies (minus the fragments and the number seven) is one of the best sets of these symphonies. the most mature symphonies such as the number 8 and 9 receive beautiful and dramatic performances. The less mature works are well played with interpertations to match. The rarely played first symphony shines under Blomstedt. The set by Marriner includes the fragments and is also a top drawer set. You will not go wrong with either one. Get both if you can." Report Abuse
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