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Schubert: Symphonies No 3-5 / Thomas Dausgaard, Swedish Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1786  
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Working their way backwards through the symphonic output of Franz Schubert, Thomas Dausgaard and his Swedish Chamber Orchestra have now reached Symphonies Nos 3, 4 and 5. The team’s accounts of the ‘Unfinished’ and ‘Great C major’ made critics sit up and take notice: ‘a consistently refreshing view of both masterpieces’ was the verdict of the reviewer in Gramophone, whose colleague in Daily Telegraph compared the result to ‘having a layer of varnish removed from a much-loved painting’. That disc was followed by a Sixth which ‘does away with many clichés of interpretation aimed at lending the work an inappropriate late-beethovenian
Read more heaviness’ (klassik.com), coupled with the orchestral movements of the music to ‘Rosamunde’ in ‘a tremendously transparent, clear and precise interpretation’ (Pizzicato). The three symphonies that Dausgaard and the orchestra now offer us were all composed before Schubert had turned twenty, mainly for the use of student or private orchestras. They nevertheless demonstrate their composer’s astonishing command of the orchestral medium, and although influences from Haydn and Mozart are clearly discernible, the young Schubert exhibits a striking independence in his approach to this the most prestigious of all genres. Schubert himself doesn’t seem to have taken much interest in the works after having composed them, however, not even mentioning them to prospective publishers. This possibly influenced Brahms when he was co-editor of the first critical edition of Schubert's works and advised against the publication of these early symphonies, regarding them as nothing more than preliminary stops on the way to the late masterworks. But that was at a time (the late 1800s) when Schubert’s genius was not yet widely recognized – today it is hard to imagine being without the irrepressible tarantella-finale of the Third Symphony, the dramatic tension of the opening of the ‘Tragic’ No. 4, or the Mozartian minuet of the Fifth.
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
2. Symphony no 4 in C minor, D 417 "Tragic" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
3. Symphony no 3 in D major, D 200 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200: I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200: II. Allegretto
Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200: III. Menuetto: Vivace
Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200: IV. Presto vivace
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417, "Tragic": I. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417, "Tragic": II. Andante
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417, "Tragic": III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417, "Tragic": IV. Allegro
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485: III. Menuetto: Allegro molto
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485: IV. Allegro vivace

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