Schubert - Symphony no.9 | BR Klassik 900169

Schubert - Symphony no.9


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Label: BR Klassik

Cat No: 900169

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th July 2018



Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks


Mariss Jansons


Schubert, Franz

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


Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks


Mariss Jansons


The “Great” C major Symphony was the last symphony that Schubert composed – a “Finished” to follow his “Unfinished”, the first two movements of which he had just completed before discontinuing work on it (for reasons unknown). In contrast to his far shorter Sixth Symphony, also in C major, it was named “the Great” - and it is indeed a great and magnificent work, marking the culmination of his symphonic oeuvre. It is monumental and representative, and was written with large audiences very much in mind.

Schubert began this composition in August 1824, or possibly even as late as March 1825. Most of the work on it took place in the summer of 1825, during the longest journey of his life. It took him from Vienna via Linz, Steyr, Gmunden (where he found the scenery “truly heavenly”), Salzburg and then up to Bad Gastein, where he saw some magnificent alpine peaks. The first page of the score manuscript is dated “March 1828” – possibly the month in which he finally completed the work. On November 19 of that same year, Schubert died at the age of only thirty-one. The symphony was premiered posthumously on 21 March 1839 in the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and conducted by the Gewandhaus Kapellmeister at that time - the 30-year-old Felix Mendelssohn.

The live recording of recent concerts in early February 2018 is now released on CD by BR-KLASSIK. It is a star-studded and outstanding interpretation of one of the most important compositions of the Romantic symphonic repertoire.

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