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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The first movement is a healthy and inspiriting journey's beginning (unusually, Sinopoli starts to accelerate half way through the introductory Andante to arrive at his tempo for the first movement's Allegro). I rather like the way, in the second movement, he drops the pace for the return of the first theme after the 'warning bell' 54 Gramophone October 1993 transition, and gives the marching a heavier burden. MI cares vanish in the Scherzo; leisurely but lively enough, with good shaping of its long paragraphs, and the orchestra's woodwind providing a feast of colour in the Trio. There are hints, in the finale, that DG's preference for a lot of the Dresden Lukaskirche's reverberation in the mix is not ideal for this movement's active
textures, though the blurring of the ff ostinato that concludes the first subject (from bar 157, 1'34") is an odd lapse in Sinopoli's otherwise thorough engagement with the movement's rhythms.
-- Gramophone [10/1993, reviewing the Ninth Symphony]
Sinopoli’s new recording of the Unfinished Symphony makes far more sense than his funereal 1983 version with the Philharmonia. It’s actually over four minutes quicker, and he still includes the first movement repeat. I’m not sure about the huge slowing up for the lyrical second subject, but otherwise this reading is alert and dramatic. Sinopoli finds just the right speed for the flowing Andante con moto, and makes the most of its passionate outbursts.
-- Stephen Maddock, BBC Music Magazine [reviewing the Eighth Symphony]
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 05/1992
Venue: Lukaskirche, Dresden
Length: 24 Minutes 48 Secs.
Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great" by Franz Schubert
Written: ?1825-28; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 06/1992
Venue: Lukaskirche, Dresden
Length: 49 Minutes 48 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Excellent playing, mannered interpretation December 16, 2011
By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews
"Giuseppe Sinopoli was a conductor of great technical accomplishment, with a fine ear, who produced questionable interpretations of much of the orchestral repertoire. The "Unfinished" Symphony is given a relatively straightforward performance. It would be self recommending if there were not so many fine performances of this repertory staple already available. The 9th Symphony (called "the Great" to distinguish it from its smaller companion in the same key) fares less well. The first movement starts promisingly, but soon after the introduction Sinopoli begins pulling apart the tempo like so much taffy, destroying structural continuity. I've always thought this movement works best when performed in more or less a straight line, allowing tension to build as the piece approaches the coda. The Andante proceeds relatively mannerism free, while the following movement is limp as a dishrag. Marked Scherzo, it's performed more like an old fashioned Minuet, which is certainly not what Schubert - - influenced by Beethoven - - intended. The final movement begins at a sensible tempo, which Sinopoli alters for no reason whatsoever (the tempo changes in the recording are not in any copy of the score I've seen). As with the Scherzo, the Allegro vivace is lacking rhythmic drive, so that the symphony peters out rather than concluding. Despite the excellent sonics and fine orchestral playing, this disc is a non-starter."