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Schubert: Symphonies no 4 & 5 / Gordan Nikolic, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 4 in C minor, D 417 "Tragic"
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Schubert completed his Symphony No. 4 on April 27, 1816. For a long time, the title Tragic was misleading. People even began to suspect Schubert of making a joke. But as was the case in Brahms’ Tragische Overture, or Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, the term should once again be interpreted as "in the spirit of a Greek tragedy": an instrumental drama, to quote E.T.A. Hoffmann. Symphony No. 5 was completed on October 3, 1816, and does not contain any major drama, Sturm und Drang or passionate major-minor contrasts. In this symphony, it appears that Schubert used the charming, subtle and elegant side of Mozart as a source of inspiration.

”the two symphonies on this disc are a good foundation for an integral set.”-Fanfare

"In his day-job as leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, Gordan Nikolitch routinely has to find that balance between individual delicacy and cumulative power. All of that skill is on display here, as he leads the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra from the violin. It all works beautifully together, yet there are myriad intricacies and a delicious lightness of touch." - Gramophone, Editor's Choice

Gramophone Magazine
An excellent issue of distinctive performances in a relatively rare coupling. Vivid recording in Super Audio.



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>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 4 in C minor, D 417 "Tragic"
  • Conductor: Gordan Nikolic
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1816.
  • Running Time: 35 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1816

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485
  • Conductor: Gordan Nikolic
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1816