Schubert: Symphonie Nr. 9

Schubert: Symphonie Nr. 9 "Die Grosse"

by Herbert Blomstedt
     
 

With such outstanding artists as conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the Dresden Staatskapelle performing Franz Schubert's "Symphony No. 9 in C major, Great," one wonders why no mention is made of it on the jacket of this disc from Berlin Classics. Ostensibly, the Basics series offers the barest amount…  See more details below

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With such outstanding artists as conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the Dresden Staatskapelle performing Franz Schubert's "Symphony No. 9 in C major, Great," one wonders why no mention is made of it on the jacket of this disc from Berlin Classics. Ostensibly, the Basics series offers the barest amount of information so budget shoppers and newcomers to classical music won't be intimidated or confused by such arcana as the names of conductors and orchestras. What the label fails to realize, though, is that the performers frequently are the main selling point in this affordable reissue line, and leaving their names off the covers merely under-represents the high quality of the performances. In this case, the playing is marvelous, and Blomstedt and his musicians present this expansive work with enough passion, clarity, brilliance, vigor, and elegance to merit Schumann's famous description of the work; if this is a symphony of "heavenly lengths," then this blissful rendition reflects it through gorgeously long-breathed phrases, meticulous repetitions of rhythms, and astonishing control of the composer's vast symphonic form. Blomstedt's far-sighted vision of the work's trajectory never falters, and his communication with the orchestra is focused from the galloping first movement through the plangent Andante, the bumptious Scherzo, and the joyous Finale. Even though the reproduction is ADD and dates from 1984, the sound is absolutely terrific, and it is arguably warmer and richer as an analog recording than as a digital recording from that time might have sounded. So when it is considered for its many excellent qualities, this budget disc really deserves serious attention and earns high marks, despite its age and marketing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
Berlin Classics
UPC:
0782124859626
catalogNumber:
8596

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  1. Symphony No. 9 in C major ("The Great"), D. 944

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