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  • Symphony No. 1 in D, D. 82

    2 2.22%
  • Symphony No. 2 in B flat, D. 125

    2 2.22%
  • Symphony No. 3 in D, D. 200

    3 3.33%
  • Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417 'Tragic'

    12 13.33%
  • Symphony No. 5 in B flat, D. 485

    26 28.89%
  • Symphony No. 6 in C, D. 589 (Little)

    6 6.67%
  • Symphony No. 7 in E (fragment)

    0 0%
  • Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 'Unfinished'

    45 50.00%
  • Symphony No. 9 in C, D. 944 'Great'

    53 58.89%
  • Symphony No. 10 in D major (Last, fragment)

    0 0%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastien Melmoth View Post
    is something utterly sublime and transcendent about the b-minor Symphony.
    the b minor came from a far distant galaxy, and it was dropped on Schubert's desk. Schubert simply copied it in his own handwriting and destroyed the original score.

    But honestly, the B minor symphony is so unique it is unfathomable.

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    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...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huilunsoittaja View Post

    Imagine what the other movements would have been like...
    the other movements would have been garbage Schubert hit his peak in the second movement, and realized 2 other movements would have spoiled the symphony. somethings are better left unfinished.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    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.
    Amen to that. The Ninth Symphony seems always fresh. You could always discover something new and it always blow my mind. For example, I hear thunders, galloping horses, cranking chariots and dancing babies.

    Herr Schumann once said that Schubert introduce the song in the Symphony, in reference to it's song-like melody.

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    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.

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    Does anyone have any thoughts about Gardiner's recording of the 9th?

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    Was that with the VPO on DG, Manxfeeder?
    That's the one. One time I was going through all my Schubert 9s, and it was in this version where I noticed how that, though the melodies repeated without much variance, there were interesting colors and orchestral effects flitting along in the background.

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    Favorites are 9th, 8th and 5th in that order.

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    Last edited by Schubertiade; Dec-29-2011 at 02:21.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jurianbai View Post
    My cycle is the old '60s Staatskapelle Dresden by Wolfgang Sawallisch which the audio still sound excellent.
    I have them too. I'm not completely satisfied with the cycle and may consider HIP style recording in the future.

    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.

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    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.

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