Franz SCHUBERT (1797 - 1828)
Symphony No 8 in B Minor*. D759 "Unfinished"
Symphony No 9 in C Major* D 944 "The Great" [51.03]
Quintet in A Major **. D667 "The Trout"
Moment Musicaux***. D780. [27.57]
Military march for Piano Duet****. D733 no 1. [
Berlin Philharmonic / Karl
Members of the Amadeus Quartet (augmented)**
Norbert Brainin (vn), Peter Schidlof (viola)
Martin Lovett (cello), Emil Gilels (piano), Rainer Zepperitz
Wilhelm Kempff (pno)***
Paul Badura-Skoda, Jörg Demus(pianos)****
Recorded 1966 (Symphony No 8);1963 Symphony No 9);
1976 (Trout);1968 (Moments musicaux);1965 (March)
DG Panorama 469 196-2
Following the pattern in the rest of the Panorama series devoted to individual
composers, in the Schubert double disc set DG includes performances in full
of major works - here the Unfinished, the 9th Symphony and
the Trout. The recordings chosen are all originally analogue ranging
from 1963 up to 1976 and big names are prominent.
The two Symphonies chosen to fill the first CD are the two best known of
the cycle - here with Karl Böhm and the Berlin Philharmonic. The two
are versions that are each perfectly easy to live with - neither would go
to the top of any pile of choices but both can be safely recommended as library
versions. The Unfinished is relaxed, warm and genial, with some lovely
phrasing. Böhm takes a similar view with his reading of the Great C
Major. He does not go looking for the dark undercurrents that others seek
and his approach may be too easy going for some who prefer a more driven,
rhythmically tighter approach. Even so he builds a strong sense of tension
helped by the BPO in excellent form. The recording is clearly not new with
its touch of toppiness but is perfectly acceptable.
Any non-vocal selection of Schubert's music is very likely to include part
of the Trout Quintet. Here we have not just the die forelle
variations but the complete work in a mid-seventies recording with three
quarters of the Amadeus with added double-bassist and Emil Gilels at the
piano. Recordings of the piece abound and this is a perfectly reasonable
addition to those currently available. It is not the warmest of versions,
the Finale, for instance seems lacking in charm and throughout one
is aware of a slightly over serious approach to this delightful work. The
constant challenge the engineers have with a chamber ensemble and piano is
met and beaten in a well-balanced recording.
The six parts of Moments musicaux, here in the version by Wilhelm
Kempff, are immaculately played. There is no exaggeration, no excessive
lingering, just the classical approach we would expect from the soloist.
The best known of the set, the perky No 3 in F Minor, is an especial
An excellent double disc with plenty of variety and much that will please
- especially at bargain price.