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Schubert: 8 Symphonies - Blomstedt

Schubert: 8 Symphonies - Blomstedt

Berlin Classics x Tower Record  0301556BC (4 discs)

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Schubert: 8 Symphonies

Staatskapelle Dresden
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor

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Comment by Athenaeus - January 25, 2021 (1 of 4)

Has anybody had a chance to hear these discs? How is the sound?

I don't have these recordings in my collection (yet...) but I've read that they're excellent performances. I'm therefore quite tempted. However, I first want to make sure the sound of the SACDs is as good as the blurb on Tower Records' website says it is.

Comment by Joseph Ponessa - February 5, 2021 (2 of 4)

I compared the Böhm set with the Blomstedt set today — Berlin in the 1960s versus Dresden in about 1980. I heard Side One of Böhm all the way through, and it was magnificent, very magisterial. Then I heard Side One of Blomstedt, and was struck by a very different interpretation, more delicate, with more dynamics. Blomstedt will sit now on my main shelf, but Böhm will not be far away.

Comment by Athenaeus - February 6, 2021 (3 of 4)

Thanks for your comment, Joseph Ponessa. And how are the sonics of the Blomstedt SACD release?

Like you, I already have the Böhm set on SACD and I enjoy it very much. Another set I have and that I like a lot is the one Harnoncourt did with the Concertgebouw. It's only on RBCD, though, but I don't really see any reason to release it on SACD since it was recorded in the early '90s. It sounds fine anyway as it is on RBCD.

Comment by Joseph Ponessa - February 8, 2021 (4 of 4)

I compared the Blomstedt set with the Nott set yesterday. Although the Blomstedt set is well recorded and mastered, like the others in the series, the Nott set outdoes it for detail. Stylistically, the Blomstedt stands at mid-point between Böhm and Nott, as it also does chronologically.
I too am fond of Harnoncourt's Schubert, which I know through his late Berlin cycle on Blu-Ray Audio. After being ignored in his lifetime and neglected for half a century thereafter, I believe that Schubert is finally coming into his own, as not just a wanna-be next to Haydn and Beethoven. As my recently departed friend Frank Knüsel told me somewhere around fifty years ago, "Schubert possessed an intense musicality." (Or words to that effect.)