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SCHUBERT, F.: Symphony, "Death and the Maiden" (arr. A. Stein) / Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished" (completed by B. Newbould and M. Venzago) (Falletta)

Composer(s):Schubert, Franz
Artist(s) Falletta, JoAnn, Conductor • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572051
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Schubert’s music has been arranged by many other composers, though few have succeeded in amplifying the astonishing drama and pathos of a masterpiece such as the Death and the Maiden Quartet as has Andy Stein, who writes: ‘I have tried to create a late classical / early Romantic symphony out of this great chamber work, so that it perhaps would sound as if Schubert himself had conceived it in this form’. The reconstruction of the Scherzo of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony is based on fragments from the composer’s notebooks. The last movement uses segments from Schubert’s incidental music for Rosamunde, written shortly after he had set aside the Symphony, and which scholars believe may have been



Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,April 2009

It's almost impossible to describe these two masterpieces as 'favourites' since most of this composer's melodic outpourings are beloved. Moreover, Schubert's works were conceived in forms that invite orchestration, as evidenced by the large number of such arrangements in the repertoire. Mahler's arrangement of "Death and the Maiden' for strings worked well, naturally, but the multi-talented Andy Stein's full orchestral treatment is even better. Brian Newbould's third movement (Scherzo) is based on fragments from Schubert's own notes, and the fourth movement (Allegro molto moderato) is derived from 'Rosamunde'. It all fits nicely into the splendid and spirited performances by the Buffalo Phliharmonic and its very talented conductor JoAnn Falletta. the audio quality


Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2009

You will have to stretch your musical credibility to accept the reasoning behind these two Schubert hybrids. Exactly why Schubert failed to complete his Eighth symphony has long puzzled historians, and the fact that there exists a fragment of a third movement shows that he broke off the composition for some inexplicable reason. The English authority on Schubert, Brian Newbold, took this sketch and completed the movement, but I have always been of the opinion that the thematic material was so poor it may well have been the reason Schubert never progressed further, though he may have resumed work had life not proved so short. The present disc then advances the thoughts of the Swiss conductor, Mario Venzago, who uses the first Entr’acte from



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