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Schubert: Symphony No. 6 - Rosamunde


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It is a sobering thought that the first public performance of any symphony by Schubert took place
after his death, at a memorial concert in December 1828. The work in question was the Symphony
No.6 in C major, composed ten years earlier but previously only played through once, by an
amateur orchestra. What was heard at the 1828 concert was thus music by a relatively untroubled
20-year-old composer paying tribute to one of his heroes at the time: Rossini. ‘He is undeniably an
exceptional genius’, Schubert had said of Rossini in 1819, and both the cavatina style of the second
movement and the effervescent spontaneity of the finale certainly call to mind the Italian composer’s
overtures. But in the third movement Scherzo another, even more important influence is heard, for
instance in the numerous contrasts that abruptly punctuate the music in a clearly Beethovenian
manner. Obviously proud of the work, Schubert called it his ‘Great Symphony in C major’,
unsuspecting of the fact that the same designation would later be applied to his final work in the
genre, Symphony No.9 in C major, D944. If Schubert’s symphonies remained unperformed during his lifetime, at least some of the orchestral
scores he wrote for the theatre and opera did meet with an audience. The most famous of these is
the music for Rosamunda, Princess of Cyprus – a ‘great Romantic play’ which folded after only two
performances, in December 1823. The play itself was ridiculed and relegated to the dustbin, but
Schubert’s contribution received unanimous praise, and various excerpts from it belong to his most
famous music for orchestra. Schubert himself must have valued it, as he reused the main theme
from Entr’acte No.3 twice, in the Andante of his ‘Rosamunde’ Quartet and in the third of his Four
Impromptus. This is the second disc in an on-going cycle of Schubert’s symphonies with the
Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard, and follows on acclaimed performances of
the Unfinished and the Great C major
Facts
Item number BIS-1987
Barcode 7318599919874
Release date 7/30/2013
Category Orchestral
Label BIS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Conductor Dausgaard, Thomas
Orchestra Svenska Kammarorkestern
Disc: 1
1 Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589: I. Adagio - All 00:09:02 Dausgaard, Thomas Svenska Kammarorkestern
2 Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589: II. Andante 00:06:08 Dausgaard, Thomas Svenska Kammarorkestern
3 Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589: III. Scherzo (P 00:06:05 Dausgaard, Thomas Svenska Kammarorkestern
4 Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589: IV. Allegro mod 00:08:50 Dausgaard, Thomas Svenska Kammarorkestern
5 Rosamunde, D. 797, Entr'acte No. 1: Allegro molto 00:07:44 Dausgaard, Thomas Svenska Kammarorkestern
6 Rosamunde, D. 797, Entr'acte No. 3: Andantino 00:06:28 Dausgaard, Thomas Svenska Kammarorkestern
7 Rosamunde, D. 797, Entr'acte No. 2: Andante 00:02:55 Dausgaard, Thomas Svenska Kammarorkestern
8 Rosamunde, D. 797, Ballet Music No. 2: Andantino 00:07:08 Dausgaard, Thomas Svenska Kammarorkestern
9 Rosamunde, D. 797, Ballet Music No. 1: Andante un 00:07:11 Dausgaard, Thomas Svenska Kammarorkestern
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