Schubert: Symphonies 3, 5, And 8 / Gardner
Catalog: CHSA 5234
Format: SACD / CD Hybrid
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Gardner, Edward
Following a highly successful series ‘Mendelssohn in Birmingham’, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with their former Chief Conductor Edward Gardner here presents the first volume in a new surround-sound series: Schubert Symphonies.This first volume comprises of three symphonies spanning across Schubert’s short productive composing life. His Symphony No. 3 (1815), with its extensive and evolving slow introduction modelled on late Haydn is followed by the culminating distillation of Schubertian classicism that is his ‘little’ Symphony No. 5 (1816). Scored for chamber orchestra, it tells of much more of an influence of Mozart, for whom Schubert seemed to have felt a special affinity with around this time. Completing the album is Schubert’s much more intense (with a turbulent first movement and serene second) Symphony No. 8 “unfinished” (1822), of which only the first two movements and a skeleton sketch of a third Scherzo movement were completed.