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Schubert: The "Great" C major Symphony / Claudio Abbado, Orchestra Mozart

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A rare new album conducted by Claudio Abbado in 2011, a legendary conductor still missed by many in the concert hall and the studio. After Abbado's first performance of the work in Den Haag in 1966, he returned again and again to Schubert's "Great" C Major Symphony. 25 years after his first recording with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Abbado's new interpretation of this symphony reveals a wealth of new details, making it his definitive take on the work.

The Guardian, 27th May 2015
This is unmistakably a performance that balances Schubert's last completed symphony right on the cusp of Romanticism. So much of the detail and the way Abbado shapes it here looks further into the 19th century and towards Bruckner...what his performance conveys most powerfully is the sense of a symphony bursting at its classical seams and pushing its expressive language as far as it will go.

Rhythms are kept springy, and there's a freshness and vigour to it that kept me enthralled throughout...Abbado's years of experience, coupled with playing of the highest quality, make this a captivatingly polished recording that I thoroughly recommend!

The Times, 19th June 2015
A reading of the Great C Major that is as remarkable for its robust pacing, ardent phrasing and unflagging energy (especially in the finale) as for the translucent, fastidiously balanced textures that grace almost every Abbado interpretation...A fitting memorial to a master musician.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bologna Auditorium Manzoni (09/19/2011-09/23/2011); Bozen Konzerthaus (09/19/2011-09/23/2011); Bologna Auditorium Manzoni (09/24/2011-09/25/2011); Bozen Konzerthaus (09/24/2011-09/25/2011).


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>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 16 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1825-1828