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Scubert: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / David Zinman

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>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 1 in D major, D 82
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 1 in D major, D 82
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2012
Throughout the tempi are quick, articulation is super-clean, and I love how Zinman achieves this period sound without loss of weight or lyricism in the textures. The biting woodwinds and vibrant brass are a delight, but throughout there's a silkiness to the string playing and general warmth that not even the most avid period-movement hater could object to... RCA's sound is bright, detailed, and well defined, and the notes are good. A winner.

Sunday Times, 25th March 2012
A vivid and vivacious performance. Zinman and his modern-instrument Zurich players have adopted some of the practices of the early-music brigade (the woodwinds embellish their melodic phrases), and the result is the best of both worlds.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2012
As a total performance...there's nothing to question, instead appreciating the woodwind decorating their parts in the slow movement, and revelling in the Zurich Tonhalle's expertise. But here's the rub: they play like a conductorless band because Zinman is dispassionate, reluctant to fathom the emotional horizons of each work.

International Record Review, June 2012
Zinman's grasp of this music is, to my mind, totally convincing; his profound understanding of the importance of pulse in Schubert adds considerably to our appreciation of the young composer's achievement...The sense of flow, the inner rhythmic and - notably - melodic life over quite long paragraphs in early Schubert is here wonderfully conveyed in performances of notable musical profundity...The playing of the Zurich Tonhalle is truly excellent throughout.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2012
Whereas others invariably project easy charm and elegance, Zinman finds deeper, more unsettling resonances in both works...By encouraging the strings of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra to use vibrato extremely sparingly, Zinman creates an ideal transparency in Schubert's scoring, thus allowing much of the delightful filigree woodwind passagework to come to the fore.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tonhalle Zurich, Switzerland (02/28/2011-03/01/2011).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 1 in D major, D 82
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Ensemble: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
  • Notes: Tonhalle Zurich, Switzerland (02/28/2011-03/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 10/1813

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Notes: Tonhalle Zurich, Switzerland (02/28/2011-03/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1814-1815