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Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn: Symphonies /Cantelli, Et Al


Release Date: 03/12/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics Références Catalog #: 74801   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertRobert SchumannFelix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Guido Cantelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's good to have these wonderful Guido Cantelli/Philharmonia performances bundled together on one disc, despite the fact that all three recently have been available on CD. Simon Gibson's excellent remastering of the stereo Schubert Unfinished for the two-disc compilation "Guido Cantelli Artist Profile" (EMI 68217 2) sounds essentially the same here, while the better-sounding (mono notwithstanding) Mendelssohn Italian resembles its twin on Testament (SBT 1034). The 1953 Schumann Fourth is the least impressive of the batch regarding its engineering, but the present transfer boasts more bloom on top, definition at the bottom, and a higher volume level when played alongside its previous, out-of-print incarnation (EMI Great Recordings Read more of the Century CDH7 63085-2).


By all accounts, Cantelli rode the Philharmonia musicians hard, yet they play like angels for him. The Unfinished is a model of lyrical beauty and subtle inflection from beginning to end, replete with eloquent solo wind playing and gorgeous horn work in the second movement. Cantelli's Schumann--lithe, fiery, full of drive, perhaps a little severe for some tastes--also features well-considered details, such as how the busy string figurations are clearly balanced in relation to sustained brass chords. In the Mendelssohn, Cantelli's tonal refinement and blended sonorities always serve a steady, forward-moving pulse in the first three movements. However, the concluding Saltarello takes effervescent and incisive wing, and the winds really dance! While I'd pick Cantelli's complete NBC Symphony recordings to showcase the short-lived conductor's stylistic range, this disc nevertheless provides an excellent and inexpensive introduction to his formidable podium artistry.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Guido Cantelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monoaural recording. 
2. Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Guido Cantelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1953 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 25 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Germany (1841).
Composition revised: Germany (1851). 
3. Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Guido Cantelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 27 Minutes 18 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished) D759 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished) D759 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Romanze (Ziemlich langsam)
Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Lebhaft) & Trio
Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 (2001 Digital Remaster): IV. Lebhaft - Schneller - Presto
Symphony No. 4 in A (Italian) Op. 90 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro vivace - Più animato
Symphony No. 4 in A (Italian) Op. 90 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 4 in A (Italian) Op. 90 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Con moto moderato
Symphony No. 4 in A (Italian) Op. 90 (2001 Digital Remaster): IV. Saltarello (Presto)

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