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"The Fifth Symphony was performed within a year of its composition by an amateur orchestra with Schubert in the violas. It is a personal favourite of mine and Beecham’s recording of it is the most effective anti-depressant I know. Yet there are other ways to play it and Nott is perhaps more effective at making the case for this being "great" music. No slow introduction to the first movement here but straight into the joyous exposition of a movement in which Schubert’s natural lyricism was allowed free rein. The slow movement too unfolds naturally and flows beautifully. The minuet hits G minor for a brief touch of the darker side – this was surely chipped off the block of Mozart’s 40th. I have already mentioned the finale
above; here the Bambergers use the slow tempo to make the phrasing really count.
The Sixth Symphony (or Little C major) reverts to including a slow introduction. As Alfred Beaujean suggests in the booklet, Rossini was a bigger influence than Mozart in this work but despite Vienna "being in the grip of Rossini fever" at the time there is no record of a public performance until just after Schubert’s death. For the first time Schubert designated the third movement "scherzo" and this is arguably the most impressive movement. In Nott’s hands the influence of Beethoven is very clear. The finale is marked Allegro moderato and that tempo is captured perfectly."
-- Patrick C Waller, MusicWeb International Read less
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