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Schubert | Große Symphonie in C-Dur, D 944

KlangVerwaltung - Enoch zu Guttenberg

Recorded at Hercules Concert Hall of the Munich Residence, 2015 Nov

SACD Hybrid


  • KlangVerwaltung (orchestra)
  • Enoch zu Guttenberg (conductor)
  • Schubert's “Great Symphony” – full of “heavenly lengths”: Enoch zu Guttenbergs last recording


    Franz Schubert himself never heard his “Great Symphony”, which was long considered impossible to play. It was not until more than 10 years after his death that it received its first performance, under Felix Mendelssohn in the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. The instigator of this première was Robert Schumann, who discovered the composition among some unpublished manuscripts during a visit to Schubert's brother Ferdinand and was able to fire the Leipzig kapellmeister Mendelssohn's enthusiasm for a performance.


    “This symphony produced an impression on us such as none had done since those of Beethoven. Here, besides masterly compositional technique, there is life in every fibre, colours down to the finest nuance, meaning everywhere, the acutest expression of detail, and the whole cast over by a romanticism that we are already familiar with elsewhere among Schubert's works.”
    Robert Schumann


    In this symphony, Enoch zu Guttenberg makes uncompromising statements about human existence, about the violent nature of our reality that is, all the same, pervaded by the most intimate beauty. A modern and gripping new interpretation, being also the last recording of the conductor.


    Press review

    Pizzicato

    ... Here we have a glowing performance of Schubert Great Symphony D 944 with much gripping vitality and spontaneity. The generous recorded sound is well balanced and very transparent.

    Remy Franck, 24/05/2018

    Fanfare Magazine

    ... a performance that delighted me every time I listened to it, and will probably continue to do so.

    James Miller, Jan/Feb 2019

    allmusic.com

    ... Farao's audiophile recording draws out many wonderful details in the music, and the multichannel format brings the orchestra into the living room with surprising presence. Highly recommended.

    Blair Sanderson, 2018 July

    ClassicalCDReview.com

    ... This is a vigorous, brisk performance well played by the excellent orchestra, and the recorded sound is fine ...

    Robert Benson, August 2018