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Schubert: Symphony no 10, etc / Mackerras, Scottish CO

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony in D major (sketch), D. 615
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony in D major (sketch), D. 708a
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 10 in D major (sketch), D. 936a
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Notes & Reviews:

"...This Tenth Symphony has about it the feeling of a new birth rather than the death and ending that it actually represents. All Schubertians owe a large debt of gratitude to Newbould for bringing Schubert's "deathbed intimations" (his own phrase) to vivid life. His labors are rewarded by all three recorded versions, but most impressively by Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra...[This is] a symphony that comforts the soul and gladdens the spirit." -Johnson, Fanfare

'There is some wonderful music here. Altogether this is a fascinating disc - and not just for musicologists' (Gramophone)

'A fascinating exploration and one whose musical merit raises it above mere musicological interest' (The Scotsman)

'Brilliantly brought to life ... superbly engineered with crystal-clear sound matched by faultless playing. A must for anyone with a musical soul' (The Yorkshire Evening Post)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Someone will have to find another name for Schubert's Unfinished Symphony (the B-minor) before long. In fact there are six unfinished Schubert symphonies: there are two whole movement expositions for D615, torsos of three movements and a nearly complete Scherzo for D708a, and enough sketch material for Brian Newbould to attempt a complete conjectural reconstruction of D936a, the symphony Schubert began writing in the last weeks of his life. Inevitably some will ask, why bother? Well, apart from the increase in the sense of wonder at Schubert's sheer productivity, there's some wonderful music here, especially the slow movement of D936a, desolate and warmly consoling by turns. As a whole, D936a suggests that, even at this late stage, Schubert was still thinking in terms of new developments.

The concluding third movement, contrapuntally fusing elements of scherzo and finale, is like nothing else in Schubert - or any other composer of the classical period. Newbould has had to do some guessing here, but the results are mostly strikingly authoritative. The performances carry conviction and the recordings are atmospheric yet detailed. Altogether a fascinating disc.



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>Schubert, Franz : Symphony in D major (sketch), D. 615
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland (02/25/1997-02/27/1997)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 05/1818

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony in D major (sketch), D. 708a
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland (02/25/1997-02/27/1997)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: ?1820

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 10 in D major (sketch), D. 936a
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland (02/25/1997-02/27/1997)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1828