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Schubert: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 / Dausgaard, Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Schubert / Swedish Chamber Orch / Dausgaard
Release Date: 10/14/2014 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1989  
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On the final disc of a complete cycle, Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra offer us their readings of Franz Schubert's first two symphonies. Written between 1813 and 1815, by a composer still in his teens, both works exemplify the influences of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven on the young man – something which was long regarded as a weakness: until well into the twentieth century (with just a few exceptions) their existence was of interest primarily to archivists. They nevertheless contain abundant proof of Schubert's melodic genius – for instance in the Andante of Symphony No.1 – and other trademarks of the composer are already in evidence: his beloved ‘Wanderer’ rhythm in the finale of the Second Symphony, and throughout his Read more confident and individual handling of form and harmony. The previous three discs in the cycle have met with critical acclaim and distinctions, with many reviewers welcoming the fresh approach towards the undisputed masterpieces (the ‘Unfinished’ and the ‘Great C major’) as well as to the less familiar earlier works. The present disc include two fillers, of which one is the rarely heard Funeral March from the unfinished opera Adrast from 1819-20, Schubert's second attempt in the genre. Far better known is the closing work, the well-loved ‘Rosamunde Overture’. Composed around the same time as Adrast, it was actually part of the music to the melodrama Die Zauberharfe, but has later become associated with the incidental music to Rosamunde, Fürstin von Zypern, which Schubert would write some three years later. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in D major, D 82 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814-1824; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Die Zauberharfe, D 644: Overture by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Adrast, D 137 [fragment]: Funeral March by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra

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