The Complete Schubert Symphonies – Vol. 1 – Symphony No. 2 D. 125 and Symphony No. 4 D. 417

Residentie Orkest The Hague

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Schubert composed his first five symphonies while still a teenager, but they represent just one facet of his prodigious fluency. Some of his musical ideas bear a family resemblance to certain themes from Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, but already his own musical character is evident.

He began his Second Symphony in December 1814 and had finished it by March 24th of the following year. He completed the Fourth Symphony in about three to four weeks during April 1816. We should not read too much into the Fourth Symphony’s “Tragic” appendage, added by Schubert as an afterthought. It may be merely an example of the flippant comments which he wrote on some of his youthful scores, but nevertheless, the symphony has more gravitas than its predecessors. Schubert also includes a second pair of horns to enrich the texture. This is the only piece of non-programmatic music to which he gave a descriptive title.

After completing the symphonic cycles of Beethoven and Mendelssohn, Jan Willem de Vriend now undertakes Schubert’s complete symphonic output. This is the first volume in that series.

Tracklist

1.
Symphony No. 2 D. 125 - I. Largo - Allegro vivace
10:41
2.
Symphony No. 2 D. 125 - II. Andante
07:55
3.
Symphony No. 2 D. 125 - III. Menuetto. Allegro vivace - Trio
03:01
4.
Symphony No. 2 D. 125 - IV. Presto
05:48
5.
Symphony No. 4 D. 417 Tragic - I. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
09:40
6.
Symphony No. 4 D. 417 Tragic - II. Andante
08:47
7.
Symphony No. 4 D. 417 Tragic - III. Menuetto. Allegro vivace - Trio
03:20
8.
Symphony No. 4 D. 417 Tragic - IV. Allegro
07:29

Total time: 00:56:41

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Release Date October 25, 2018

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