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Bernstein Century - Schubert: Symphonies No 8 & 9


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 61842   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All conductors have their hits and misses, but of all the great conductors who recorded (and rerecorded) tons of standard repertoire, I can't think of anyone whose quotient of hits was higher than Bernstein's. Although he's best remembered for Mahler, Copland, his own music, and a handful of others (Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky), he also was a superb conductor of the Viennese classical repertoire long before his Deutsche Grammophon contract and connections with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra gave his publicists cause to highlight this aspect of his talents. His Sony recordings of Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, and Haydn not only rank with the best, but even the naturally grainy sound of the New York Read more Philharmonic in this music has come to sound far more naturally appealing, given what authentic instrument groups have been offering over the past decades. These two Schubert performances are uniformly excellent: Bernstein's DG remakes with the Concertgebouw might have slightly better sound and a more "cultured" orchestral veneer, but they are not more exciting or more idiomatic. There isn't a dead moment anywhere in either work, and when you're talking about Schubert's Ninth, especially, that's saying a lot. Try these performances, and get to know a side of Bernstein the existence of which you may never have suspected.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/27/1963 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, New York City 
Length: 25 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1825-28; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1967 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, New York City 
Length: 48 Minutes 53 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
I. Andante; Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro vivace

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent CD of an Old LP August 29, 2012 By edwin southern (hillsborough, NC) See All My Reviews "This CD contains an excellent combination of both Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and the "Great" 9th, recorded earlier on LP in the 1960s. Bernstein and the N.Y. Philharmonic provide a joyous interpretation of the 9th, fitting the romantic age in which the music was composed, but not overdoing this aspect. The Unfinished is also excellent in its sound, a moving, spacious exploration of the music, with the bass strings especially good. Szell's recordings with the Cleveland Orchestra are a good addition to this set, or an alternative. " Report Abuse
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