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Friday, April 21, 2017

Franz Schubert - Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9 (Günter Wand)


Composer: Franz Schubert

  1. Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished", D. 759: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished", D. 759: II. Andante con moto
  1. Symphony No. 9 in C major "The Great", D. 944: I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Symphony No. 9 in C major "The Great", D. 944: II. Andante con moto
  3. Symphony No. 9 in C major "The Great", D. 944: III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
  4. Symphony No. 9 in C major "The Great", D. 944: IV. Finale. Allegro vivace

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Günter Wand, conductor
Date: 1995
Label: RCA




Gunter Wand’s Schubert Ninth, here making a welcome return to the catalog as part of RCA’s new mid-price reissue series, is one of the few modern versions of this storied warhorse that commands your attention. All the hallmarks of great Schubert conducting are here: a strong and consistently maintained rhythmic impetus, immaculate balances that expose the work’s beguiling woodwind writing, and an overall buoyant energy allied to an unfettered lyricism. Rarely has the first movement’s tricky transition from andante to allegro been handled so convincingly, and Wand’s balance of light and dark moods perfectly catches the slow movement’s clever juxtaposition of pathos and delight. The Berlin Philharmonic does itself proud in this live performance, with pointed, ringing brass throughout, gorgeous winds in the scherzo, and stunningly rapid-fire string playing in the finale–which is one of the most rousing on disc, as the included applause attests. The recording appears to have been closely miked, and although the resulting sound is notably high-impact, it’s also just dry enough to slightly inhibit the performance’s power and brilliance. Nevertheless, this is a great Ninth, and a must-have disc. [5/14/2004]

-- Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday
reviewing RCA 82876 59425 2 / SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 9 / Wand

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Franz Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer who was extremely prolific during his short lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical era and early Romantic era and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century. His music is characterized by pleasing tunes while still has "a great wealth of technical finesse".


Günter Wand (January 7, 1912, Elberfeld, Germany – February 14, 2002, Ulmiz, Switzerland) was a German orchestra conductor and composer. Wand started his career in Cologne, where he was to stay for several decades. In 1982, Wand became chief conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra and recorded the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms with this ensemble. The highlights of Wand's late career were his annual guest appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Wand received twice the internationally significant Diapason d'Or for his Schubert and Bruckner recordings with the BPO.


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  2. A superb eight and a grand 9! Thanks for sharing.

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