Schubert: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - Gardner
Chandos CHSA 5265
Classical - Orchestral
Schubert: Symphonies 1 & 4
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)
For the third volume in their cycle of Schubert’s symphonies, Edward Gardner and the CBSO turn to the first and fourth symphonies. Composed in 1813, when Schubert was just sixteen, the First Symphony admirably demonstrates the young composer’s grasp of symphonic form and technique, and whilst the influences of Haydn, Mozart and early Beethoven are clearly audible, the spirit of Schubert’s own distinctive voice is certainly in evidence.
Composed three years later, in 1816, the ‘Tragic’ Fourth Symphony is scored for larger forces and is much more ambitious in outlook – Schubert seemingly anxious to create a more substantial work. He took more trouble to unify his thematic material across the four movements, and the symphony is clearly closer to the style of his later works. The Overture to his opera Fierrabras completes the album, which was recorded in Birmingham Town Hall. Recorded in Surround Sound, the album is available as a hybrid SACD and in spatial audio.
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