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Weingartner: Symphonic Works Vol 6 / Letonja, Basel SO

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Felix Weingartner wrote his sixth symphony in 1928, the year during which the hundredth anniversary of Franz Schubert's death was commemorated on the grand scale. Schubert had always been a fixed star for Weingartner, who more clearly (and earlier) than many others recognized the tragic side and greatness of this composer often misunderstood as an innocent, idyllic singer of songs. Weingartner's tribute to Schubert came in the form of a symphony: "I saw Schubert solitarily striding along and looking down on his beloved native city with a painful expression: Have I showered you with my whole wealth that you would celebrate me in this way? - And then it began to sound. At first I did not know what it would turn out to be. Then it gradually took shape until it became a four-movement symphony."


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