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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9 / Slovak PO - Michael Halasz

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>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"
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Notes & Reviews:

Schubert's last two symphonies are ambitious in scale and brimming with striking ideas, though only two movements of the Symphony No. 8 were finished and the score rediscovered and first performed 43 years after the composer's death. The 'Great' C major Symphony marks the summit of Schubert's achievement in the form, combining his unforgettable lyrical gift with the spirit of Beethoven. Michael Halász has been acclaimed for his "delightful performances" of Schubert. (Penguin Guide on 8.553094, Symphonies 3 and 6) From 1978 to 1991, Michael Halász was general music director of the Hagen Opera House and in 1991 he took up the post of resident conductor at the Vienna State Opera. His recordings for Naxos include ballets by Tchaikovsky, operatic excerpts of Wagner, symphonies by Beethoven, Schubert and Mahler, two volumes of Liszt's symphonic poems, Fidelio (8.660070-71), Don Giovanni (8.660080-82) and Die Zauberflöte (8.660030-31).

MusicWeb International, 22nd July 2013
The Slovak Philharmonic is a good orchestra and the execution is professional... The Unfinished is glorious music and this performance is moving and affectionate...Ensemble, judged by the highest standards, isn't immaculate but there are no serious flaws. Halasz clearly loves Schubert and that shines through...As bargain Ninths go this is certainly one of the best.



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Ensemble: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Moyzes Hall, Bratislava, Slovakia (06/04/1988-06/05/1988)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1822

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Ensemble: Failoni Orchestra
  • Running Time: 50 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1825-1828