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Schubert: Rosamunde, Symphony No 3, etc / SWF Symphony


Release Date: 10/10/2006 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 278010   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Christiane Edinger
Conductor:  Michael GielenVáclav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SCHUBERT Rosamunde: Excerpts. 1 Concert Piece for Violin and Orchestra. 2 Symphony No. 3 3 Michael Gielen, cond; 1 Václav Neumann, cond; 2,3 Southwest German RSO; 2,3 Christiane Edinger (vl) 2 Read more class="BULLET12b">• ARTE NOVA 278010 (61:44)


If you don’t mind your Schubert a tad on the scruffy side, you can hardly go wrong with this release, given the tremendous value of Arte Nova productions. The “scruffiness” is relative; the SWR (Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra), a regional German orchestra, is very fine. The level of excellence among the non-brand-name ensembles in Germany is remarkable, perhaps unrivaled in the world. That said, you will not find the level of finish, the dove-tailing of phrases, the exquisiteness of balance that are the hallmarks of the front rank bands. What the SWR does have, in spades, is a true expressive tonality, coupled to a fine sense for natural pacing. These are qualities that tend to be credited to the conductor, but there is a strong sense that both Gielen and Neumann are ceding much artistry to the instincts of the instrumentalists. There is not a noticeable difference to be heard when these two esteemed maestros switch off at the podium.


The program is delightful, light Schubert. The Rosamunde music includes five selections from the incidental music to a now lost play. Gielen and the SWR give a wonderfully red-blooded, boldly colored, and dynamically varied performance. This performance alone is worth the price of admission. Neumann is scarcely less compelling in the Third Symphony, although here one does miss the finesse of the many high-powered versions of this symphony that are available (Beecham is my sentimental favorite). The one disappointment here is the rather coarse violin-playing of Edinger, but then we are not dealing with top-shelf Schubert here. This lollipop flies by without leaving much of an impression.


I find myself reviewing the label as much as the program. Arte Nova releases rarely miss, and the cost is on par with a fast-food meal (avoid those!). Production values are sparse, but performances are routinely superb, and sound quality is as well. In this case, the miking sounds minimal, imparting a good, robust sense of hall ambience. This would be a low-risk purchase.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 2, Entr'acte no 1 in B minor by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 3, Ballet music no 1 in B minor by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 11, Ballet music no 2 in G major by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 8, Shepherd's melody by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 7, Entr'acte no 3 in B flat major by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Konzertstück for Violin in D major, D 345 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Christiane Edinger (Violin)
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Symphony no 3 in D major, D 200 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 

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