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    Question Your favorite Schubert 9th symphony recording/recordings?...........................

    One of my favorite symphonies.
    What are your favorite recording/recordings?
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    As of right now, I prefer John Eliot Gardiner. He brings out the colors of the orchestration.

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    I like a digital Decca recording with Georg Solti conducting the Vienna Philharmonic (or, as they seem to insist on the cover, the Wiener Philharmoniker).

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    I am going to have to pick two.
    - Wilhelm Furtwangler & the Berlin Philharmonic (DG - paired with Haydn)
    - Klaus Tennstedt & the London Philharmonic (BBC Legends)

    Both are very powerful interpretations with an incredible aura.
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    Munch and Kertesz for stereo, various Mengelbergs, Abendroth (a sometimes sketchy, but very lively performance, as it is often the case with him) and Furtwängler for historical.

    Abendroth in the Scherzo, but in 1955, not the better Berlin Classics Leipzig recording from 1949: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLf-bekQMB8
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    309_dgg.jpg This is the 1951 commercial recording with the BPO. Superb.
    Also live from the Salzburg Festival 30th August 1953 613bRRLDJgL.Image._.jpg

    I also still favour the Halle / Barbirolli HMV recording from 1964

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    Contemporary; Marc Minkowski
    Growing up with (being imprinted on); István Kertesz
    Historical; Erich Kleiber

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    Bohm/BPO (DG) and Gardiner/VPO (DG) were the only Schubert 9ths I had for years. I like them both very much but more recently I have tended to side with Munch/BSO (RCA), Harnoncourt/Concergebouw (Warner) and, for a period instruments contrast, Mackerras/OAE (Virgin).
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    This symphony is so hard to get right because of the gear changes--and few do..
    Adrian Boult's is way ahead because he gets it just right, he performed it at his very last concert and I was fortunate enough to be there.
    Furtwaengler,1951.DGG and Toscanini and the NBC. A friend and I competed to buy as many different versions as possible and I have them in every corner.
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    Staatskapelle Dresden under Wolfgang Sawallisch

    My choice for all of Schubert symphonies

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    I have Szell/Cleveland on Sony, Wand/Berlin on Sony, Harnoncourt/Royal Concertgebouw on Warner, and Munch/Boston on RCA. If I had to pick just one, I would say the Munch recording. The performance is top notch, and the sound on the RCA Living Stereo series is also quite good. I do enjoy all of the recordings, though.

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    Probably Furtwangler... but Szell, Krips, Karajan... I'll have to look into Boult and Munch... and certainly Gardiner... although I wonder how well his more muscular HIP approach will work on the lyrical poetry of Schubert.
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    The first recording I got of Schubert's 9th happened to be this cheap Naxos disc with Michael Halász and the Failoni Orchestra. It's been my favorite ever since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    Probably Furtwangler... but Szell, Krips, Karajan... I'll have to look into Boult and Munch... and certainly Gardiner... although I wonder how well his more muscular HIP approach will work on the lyrical poetry of Schubert.
    I am a great Szell fan but his performance strikes me as hard and graceless.
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    My preferred Schubert 9th's are:

    Charles Munch & The Boston Symphony Orchestra (Without all the repeats)
    Riccardo Muti & The Vienna Philharmonic (For my money, the best recording with all the repeats)

    Sentimental favorites:
    Otto Klemperer & The Philharmonia Orchestra
    Leonard Bernstein & The New York Philharmonic

    Historical favorites:
    Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra (1953)
    Wilhelm Furtwangler & The Berlin Philharmonic (1951 or 1942)
    Last edited by realdealblues; Nov-04-2013 at 15:16.

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