Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
February 2010
BIS

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9

Franz Schubert

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 “Unfinished”
1. I. Allegro moderato 11:13
2. II. Andante con moto 9:33

Symphony No. 9 in C Major D. 944 “Great”
3. I. Andante – Allegro ma non troppo 14:48
4. II. Andante con moto 14:02
5. III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace 13:48
6. IV. Finale. Allegro vivace 15:51

Reviews

“This excellent Swedish orchestra performs Schubert’s last two symphonies the modern way, with faster tempos, punchier accents and a leaner sound. The result is like having a layer of varnish removed from a much-loved painting.” – The Telegraph

“Here’s an excitingly combative, and ultimately very plausible new look at Schubert…Dausgaard somehow manages to approach the surviving two movements of Schubert’s B minor Symphony as though we didn’t all know that it remained ‘unfinished’…For once it was hard not to regret the absence of an energetic scherzo or finale” – BBC Music Magazine ****

“In this issue, helped also by the clean BIS recording, textures are transparent and attack crisp…A disc that may disconcert some Schubertians but which, very well recorded, offers a consistently refreshing view of both masterpieces.” – Gramophone Magazine

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