Symphony No. 1 in D, D. 82
Symphony No. 2 in B flat, D. 125
Symphony No. 3 in D, D. 200
Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417 'Tragic'
Symphony No. 5 in B flat, D. 485
Symphony No. 6 in C, D. 589 (Little)
Symphony No. 7 in E (fragment)
Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 'Unfinished'
Symphony No. 9 in C, D. 944 'Great'
Symphony No. 10 in D major (Last, fragment)
It's interesting that his 8th Symphony is so popular/loved, and it's only 2 movements, not even a complete symphony. So, it just goes to show that it doesn't take a 40-50 minute full symphony to catch people's attention.
Imagine what the other movements would have been like...
I often listen to Schubert's symphonies at work, and last week I went through all the seven finished ones and the five or so unfinished ones.
The greatest: The Great. Isn't that how it got its name?
Possibly tied with the 5th. Those two are outstanding. The beginning of the 5th is just pure bliss.
In third place, my recent favorite: the 2nd. So energetic and catchy and full of life! Like in the beginning of the Allegro vivace after the introductory Largo of the first movement. Man...
Then, the 8th/Unfinished, of course.
After that, two more catchy ones: 1st and 3rd.
The 6th is good, but a little anonymous. The 7th is a little strange.
And at the bottom... Well, maybe I got a bad recording of the 4th, I don't know.
OT: The Finale of the Great would make a good wedding march, I think. It almost makes me want to get married some day.
I love Franz Schubert. I keep my torrenting hours especially for him.
My favorite is the Great C-major Symphony. I like it more than Herr Beethoven's Ninth. The second movement of Schubert's Ninth is pure heaven! It's like I hear angels singing on the symphony. The movement, full of high drama, punctuated by silence and the resolution on the end, made it my favorite movement on all Symphonies I heard.
The trio section in the Scherzo is awesome! If he only lived 10 years or more, he would be greater than Beethoven. Gasp!
He achieved more than in his 31 years than Beethoven, when Beethoveen is only 31.
peeyaj - strange how that majestic second movement from Schubert's 9th brings different images to mind. When I first heard it I imagined someone taking big strides in the fresh Tyrollean air.
Herr Schumann once said that Schubert introduce the song in the Symphony, in reference to it's song-like melody.
Best symphony: No.9 !
Best recording: Swedish Chamber orchestra on bis. It's perfect beyond words and I actually consider this the best recording I've heard of anything. I originally just bought it for value (the CD also contains no.8) but I was completely blown away.
Does anyone have any thoughts about Gardiner's recording of the 9th?
Was that with the VPO on DG, Manxfeeder? If so, I used to have it but I'll be damned if I know where it's got to. It was the first recording of the 9th I bought so first impressions last - hence I liked it very much. I'd have to listen to it again in order to compare it with the others I have, though.
Favorites are 9th, 8th and 5th in that order.
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Anyways, I voted for 8 - it is a remarkably moving symphony!
Also have Karajan's EMI recording of 8 and 9 but the orchestra sounds too heavy and over-dramatic if I remember right. I don't feel like I have a recording that lets me enjoy Schubert symphonies to their full potential.
I find that the great problem with the 9th is pacing and if the conductor can't get it right he's lost. The best of all for this was Adrian Boult and in his very last concert he conducted it and it was magnificent. Others that I am particularly keen on are Steinberg with the Boston and Furtwaengler in 1951 and in 1953 live both with the Berlin Phil. Toscanini and Szell usually can do no wrong as far as I am concerned bot for this work I find them somewhat unrelenting.