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Schubert: Complete Symphonies / Minkowski

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 3 in D major, D 200
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 1 in D major, D 82
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 4 in C minor, D 417 "Tragic"
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 6 in C major, D 589 "Little C Major"
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Initially a bassoonist, Marc Minkowski began conducting at an early age, notably under the guidance of Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux Memorial School in the United States. At the age of nineteen he founded Les Musiciens du Louvre, an ensemble that was to play an active role in the Baroque revival. After their success at the Wiener Konzerthaus in 2009 with a complete cycle of Haydn's 'London' Symphonies recorded live by Naïve (their exclusive record label since 2007), Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble now release the complete Schubert symphonies.

Sunday Times, 18th November 2012
These pieces gain most from the transparent textures, woody woodwinds and natural, alfresco-sounding brass.

Early Music Review, December 2012
One need hear only the beautifully balanced and weighted wind chords at the opening of the Symphony No. 3 to be aware that this set is going to have exceptional qualities. And so it proves a performance that is utterly compelling from first to last note ... an exceptional set.

The Guardian, 20th December 2012
The performances of the earlier works are lithe, energised and generally transparent - the Mozartian freshness of the Fifth is beautifully judged, for instance. The treatment of the final two symphonies is less convincing, however.

The Arts Desk, 2nd February 2013
[Minkowski] never treats the first six as a series of dry warm-up exercises...Period timbres lend

BBC Music Magazine, March 2013
Minkowski takes a surprisingly conventional view of these pieces, though his performances, recorded 'live' in Vienna's Konzerthaus, are none the worse for that...impressive performances, greatly aided by the skilful playing of Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble and their admirable first oboe...This set can take its place among the very best of Schubert Symphony cycles. 822186053096

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (03/2012).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 3 in D major, D 200
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble
  • Running Time: 23 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1815
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 1 in D major, D 82
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 10/1813.
  • Running Time: 25 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 10/1813
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1814-15.
  • Running Time: 25 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1814-1815
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 29 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1816
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 4 in C minor, D 417 "Tragic"
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1816.
  • Running Time: 29 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1816
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 26 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1822
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 6 in C major, D 589 "Little C Major"
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1817-18.
  • Running Time: 30 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1817-1818
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 54 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1825-1828
  • Studio/Live: Live