Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra & Lawrence Foster – Schubert: Early Symphonies & Stage Music (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:30 minutes | 2,25 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © PentaTone
By presenting Schubert’s first three symphonies and a selection of stage music, this album showcases a less-known, but fascinating part of the composer’s oeuvre. His extraordinary achievements in the fields of Lieder and string quartet composition tend to overshadow his orchestral output, and his symphonic contributions have sometimes been viewed as marginal in comparison to Beethoven’s, but judged on their own merits, these works display a high level of sophistication indeed.
The repertoire featured on this release shows Schubert’s symphonic development, from the Mozart- and Haydn influenced first two symphonies to the masterful Third, in which his compositional voice is clearly perceivable. These three symphonies, all composed when Schubert was still a teenager, are complemented by works related to the stage.
While the Overture in Italian Style in D major highlights Schubert’s fascination for Rossini, the Incidental Music to Rosamunde contains some of the composer’s most appealing melodies.
These orchestral works are performed by the Copenhagen Phil under the baton of Lawrence Foster, who has a vast PENTATONE discography.
1. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82 I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
2. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82 II. Andante
3. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82 III. Menuetto. Allegretto
4. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82 IV. Allegro vivace
5. Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125 I. Largo – Allegro vivace
6. Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125 II. Andante
7. Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125 III. Menuetto. Allegro vivace
8. Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125 IV. Presto
9. Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200 I. Adagio maestoso – Allegro con brio
10. Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200 II. Allegretto
11. Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200 III. Menuetto. Vivace
12. Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200 IV. Presto
13. Overture in D Major, D. 590 In the Italian Style
14. Rosamunde, Op. 26, D. 797 I. Entr’acte No. 1 (Allegro molto moderato)
15. Rosamunde, Op. 26, D. 797 IIIa. Entr’acte No. 2 (Andante)
16. Rosamunde, Op. 26, D. 797 V. Entr’acte No. 3 (Andantino)
17. Rosamunde, Op. 26, D. 797 II. Ballet Music No. 1 (Allegro moderato – Andante un poco a
18. Rosamunde, Op. 26, D. 797 IX. Ballet Music No. 2 (Andantino)