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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 / Basel SO; Dennis Russell Davies

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 6 in C major, D 589 "Little C Major"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Schubert’s symphonies were designed for a ‘big audience’, but during his lifetime they were, at best, only performed in the semi-public rooms of the Seminary and those of the amateur orchestra. It was not until barely a month after his death that the first truly representative performance took place through the Society of Friends of Music (Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde) in Vienna. Leopold von Sonnleithner, a friend of Schubert’s, had some input into the programming and suggested the sixth symphony for the occasion. The “Great” C major could not be considered owing to practical constraints, but why was it number 6 in particular that was chosen out of his early symphonies? Were the reasons purely mundane – or was there a deeper rationale behind this decision? It would be good to know the answer, but today one can merely speculate.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Stadtcasino Basel, Musiksaal (08/28/2013/08/29/2013); Stadtcasino Basel, Musiksaal (11/12/2013-11/14/2013).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Ensemble: Basel Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Stadtcasino Basel, Musiksaal (08/28/2013/08/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1814-1815

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 6 in C major, D 589 "Little C Major"
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Notes: Stadtcasino Basel, Musiksaal (11/12/2013-11/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1817-1818
  • Studio/Live: Live