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Bruno Walter Edition - Schubert: Symphonies 5 & 8, Etc

Release Date: 05/28/1996 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 64487   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertLudwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony OrchestraNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Poised and patrician interpretations that concentrate on lyricism, warmth, and spacious breadth rather than incipient tension.

Walter’s 1960 B flat recording hasn’t Beecham’s geniality or élan but it does have an unhurried and patrician affection that is hard to gainsay. The generosity of the phrasing never descends to Casals’s rather heavy-handed loving kindness; the sectional balance is fine, the direction remains crisply understated but affectionate. The wind and horn principals distinguish themselves in the slow movement where Walter brings out detail with candour but without any kind of finicky over-scrupulousness. Genial and leisurely – and without any crunching tutti weight – the finale is of a piece with
Read more Walter’s mature perception of the symphony. It’s a young man’s work but seen somewhat through avuncular and retrospective eyes.

The Unfinished was recorded two years earlier, this time in New York. Poised and patrician once more this is a reading that concentrates on lyricism rather than incipient tension or internal dynamic contrasts. The orchestra sounds notably fine and Walter’s direction retains a grand seigniorial approach, one that will perhaps disappoint those who might have missed the spirit of his fiery wartime performances with this orchestra, a time when he seemed on occasion hell bent on recreating Toscanini’s sweeping dynamism. Nevertheless his later approach certainly makes up in warmth and spacious breadth – especially the second movement – what it lacks in velocity and power.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International [reviewing Sony 78741]
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  American Legion Hall, Hollywood, CA 
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1958 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, NY 
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/04/1954 
Venue:  CBS 30th Street Studios, New York City 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 

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