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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 7 "Unfinished" & 8 "The Great" / Wiener Symphoniker; Philippe Jordan

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Philippe Jordan has already established himself as one of the most gifted and exciting conductors manning the podiums before the world's great concert hall stages. At present, he is Music Director of the Opéra National de Paris and Music Director of the Wiener Symphoniker, but his many past and present European orchestral engagements suggest a conductor highly respected and in great demand. Giving its first concert in its earliest incarnation at the very turn of 20th c., the Wiener Symphoniker, led here by Mr. Jordan in Schubert's final two, and greatest, symphonies, handles the lion's share of symphonic activity that makes up the musical life of the Austrian capital. The preservation of the traditional, Viennese orchestral sound occupies a central place in the orchestra's various artistic pursuits.



Reviews

Gorgeous performance of these two very special works!!!
This CD features Philippe Jordan conducting the outstanding Wiener Symphoniker, and my goodness do they find much to say in the music of Franz Schubert. The musical textures are delicate and forthright, and the emotions raw and direct. This is music making of the highest order, and it cuts right to the heart and mind of the listener – at least, to this listener.

Symphony No. 8, “The Great” is filled with music of the young Schubert, full of heart and delicate majesty, wanting to be more than he was and not realizing that what he had to offer was absolutely on par with anything any human being could possibly hope to offer. The 2nd movement is especially captivating, and I found it particularly difficult to do anything else other than listen to this movement unfold and its successors delicately and surgically come forward. This is a performance of “The Great” that is aptly named. It is clear that Mr. Jordan and the entire orchestra feel a special affinity with this music, and what a glorious thing it is when something like this happens!

The disc concludes with the two movements of Symphony No. 7 “Unfinished”, and you just can’t help but wonder what we were cheated out of by Schubert’s passing – this is insanely delicate and powerful music, and despite Schubert’s well-known self-doubt, it is clear that he gave us more than he realized that he was capable of. This is gorgeous, emotional, and music of the type capable of being crafted by only the most gifted genius. It is no wonder some have tried to complete this unfinished work, bless their hearts.
The recording quality is stunning, and you can hear that the orchestra and conductor are in sync on both a physical and emotional level. The music literally leaps out of the speakers and into your heart – and it is an amazing and worthwhile experience. This is a remarkable recording, and absolutely worth the price of the disc. Buy it, and play it over and over again! You won’t be disappointed.

Submitted on 12/21/15 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"
  • Conductor: Philippe Jordan
  • Ensemble: Wiener Symphoniker
  • Running Time: 54 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1825-1828
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
  • Conductor: Philippe Jordan
  • Ensemble: Wiener Symphoniker
  • Running Time: 22 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1822
  • Studio/Live: Live