Schubert - Early Symphonies and Stage Music | Pentatone PTC5186655

Schubert - Early Symphonies and Stage Music


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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186655

Barcode: 0827949065569

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 15th March 2019



By presenting Schubertís first three symphonies and a selection of stage music, this album showcases a less-known, but fascinating part of the composerís oeuvre. His extraordinary achievements in the fields of Lieder and string quartet composition tend to overshadow his orchestral output, and his symphonic contributions have sometimes been viewed as marginal in comparison to Beethovenís, but judged on their own merits, these works display a high level of sophistication indeed.

The repertoire featured on this release shows Schubertís symphonic development, from the Mozart- and Haydn-influenced first two symphonies to the masterful Third, in which his compositional voice is clearly perceivable. These three symphonies, all composed when Schubert was still a teenager, are complemented by works related to the stage. While the Overture in Italian Style in D major highlights Schubertís fascination for Rossini, the Incidental Music to Rosamunde contains some of the composerís most appealing melodies.

These orchestral works are performed by the Copenhagen Phil under the baton of Lawrence Foster, who has a vast PENTATONE discography.

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