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Schubert: Symphonies No 5, 8 & 9, Etc / Mackerras, Et Al


Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 5618062   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Performance: ***** / Sound: *****
Strongly musical, period-style performances, with the OAE in pedigree form. Brian Newbould’s version of the Unfinished (also recorded by Marriner on Philips – a more superficial, less weighty account) artfully completes and orchestrates Schubert’s abandoned scherzo, and proposes the B minor Entr’acte from Rosamunde as a possible finale. It all makes good circumstantial sense – even if on this occasion the fantasy of the Entr’acte lacks sufficient direction and climax to be absolutely convincing as a symphonic full-stop. Exemplary engineering.

-- BBC Music Magazine, reviewing an earlier release of Symphonies 5 & 8 and Rosamunde excerpts
Performance: ***** / Sound: *****
Strongly musical, period-style performances, with the OAE in pedigree form. Brian Newbould’s version of the Unfinished (also recorded by Marriner on Philips – a more superficial, less weighty account) artfully completes and orchestrates Schubert’s abandoned scherzo, and proposes the B minor Entr’acte from Rosamunde as a possible finale. It all makes good circumstantial sense – even if on this occasion the fantasy of the Entr’acte lacks sufficient direction and climax to be absolutely convincing as a symphonic full-stop. Exemplary engineering.

-- BBC Music Magazine, reviewing an earlier release of Symphonies 5 & 8 and Rosamunde excerpts
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 28 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 38 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1825-28; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 59 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 11, Ballet music no 2 in G major by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D485: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D485: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D485: III. Menuetto (Allegro molto) & Trio
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D485: IV. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 8 D759, 'Unfinished' (completed Newbold): I. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 8 D759, 'Unfinished' (completed Newbold): II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 8 D759, 'Unfinished' (completed Newbold): III. Allegro
Symphony No. 8 D759, 'Unfinished' (completed Newbold): IV. Allegro molto moderato
Rosamunde: Incidental Music D797: Ballet Music No. 2 in G major
Symphony No. 9 in C major D944, 'Great': I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo
Symphony No. 9 in C major D944, 'Great': II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 9 in C major D944, 'Great': III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & Trio
Symphony No. 9 in C major D944, 'Great': IV. Finale (Allegro vivace)

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