Schubert - Symphony no.9; Berio - Rendering | Rubicon RCD1025

Schubert - Symphony no.9; Berio - Rendering


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Label: Rubicon

Cat No: RCD1025

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 15th June 2018



Soloists Europeens Luxembourg


Christoph Konig


Berio, Luciano

Rendering (Schubert)

Schubert, Franz

Symphony no.9 in C major, D944 'Great'


Soloists Europeens Luxembourg


Christoph Konig


Just before his death in 1828 at the age of just 31, Franz Schubert was at work on his Tenth Symphony in D major, D936a, and had signed up for counterpoint lessons with Simon Sechter, who later taught the young Anton Bruckner. The Tenth was destined to become yet another unfinished Schubert work - and his sixth unfinished symphony - but the extensive sketches are fascinating and show Schubert clearly moving into new sound worlds that anticipate Mahler in the central slow movement. Luciano Berio’s ingenious work ‘Rendering’ brings Schubert’s extensive sketches alive by creating a new work around and within the framework of the unfinished symphony.

Schubert’s last completed symphony, his Ninth known as the ‘Great C major’, was completed in 1825-6 and represented the end of a long struggle to produce a ‘great symphony’ - two unfinished works are its direct predecessors, the Seventh in E major (1821) and the famous Eighth ‘Unfinished’ (1822), both works on an expansive scale. The Ninth is remarkable for the rhythmic drive of tiny filigree motifs that multiply and climax and as Schumann said, its “heavenly length”. It was in 1839 that Schumann came across the forgotten score in the possession of Schubert’s brother Ferdinand. Mendelssohn conducted the Ninth in Leipzig eleven years after Schubert’s death to great acclaim and it was published that year - becoming the seventh of Schubert’s symphonies to appear in print, hence the confusion in numbering whereby in Germany it is known as No.7.

Christoph König and SEL’s previous release of Méhul and Beethoven received praise from critics all over Europe, including Gramophone and The Sunday Times in the UK, who described the ‘Eroica’ as a performance “powerful and rich in detail”.

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