The Complete Schubert Symphonies Vol. 3 – Symphony No. 9

Jan Willem de Vriend, Residentie Orkest The Hague


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After completing the symphonic cycles of Beethoven and Mendelssohn, Jan Willem de Vriend is now undertaking Schubert’s complete symphonic output with Residentie Orkest The Hague. This is the third volume in that series featuring Schubert’s Symphony No. 9.

For about 150 years it was believed that Schubert composed his Ninth Symphony in 1828, not long before his death but, musical scholarship being a continuous process, this theory was later disproved. It was discovered in the late 20th century that in fact he composed most of this work three years earlier and revised it in 1826 and 1827. Following a period of poor health, 1825 was a better year for Schubert, while his finances were also improved.

Schubert never heard a single performance of many of his works, including this great symphony. When it was rehearsed in 1827 at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, the string players complained that passages in which a rhythmic figure is obsessively repeated, especially in the finale, were unplayable.

In May 1824, Schubert attended the first performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Beethoven revolutionized symphonic form, expanding its expressive range enormously, his Ninth Symphony being conceived on a much grander scale than any previous symphony. Schubert was just one of many composers influenced by Beethoven’s achievements.

Many scholars have suggested the many ways in which Schubert was influenced by Beethoven, but the most extraordinary aspect of Schubert’s mature music is its complete individuality. The compositional techniques, the handling of tonality and structure, and the orchestral sound of these two contemporaries have little in common. Schubert’s own profound originality is more striking for its emergence at a time when Beethoven’s impact on the development of the symphony was so revolutionary and far-reaching.

Residentie Orkest The Hague
Jan Willem de Vriend, Conductor


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Schubert Symphony No. 9, D. 944 I. Andante - Allegro, ma non troppo - Piu moto
Schubert Symphony No. 9, D. 944 II. Andante con moto
Schubert Symphony No. 9, D. 944 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace - Trio
Schubert Symphony No. 9, D. 944 IV. Allegro vivace

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Bert van der Wolf

Recording Assistant

Martijn van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

Atrium, Meppelweg, The Hague, The Netherlands

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 64


Avalon Acoustic & Musikelectronic Geithain

Release DateOctober 8, 2020

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Positive Feedback

Volume 3 contains the mighty Symphony No. 9, “The Great,” in a powerful, very direct performance, while still retaining that lithe flexibility that is so evident in performances of the earlier symphonies. In all three volumes, de Vriend has been consistent in shaping the Residentie Orkest’s presentation of Schubert: a large orchestra with modern instruments, performing with minimal vibrato and a sinewy lithe energy as they virtually dance with the melodies in these symphonies.

NativeDSD Senior Reviewer

I really like this album and the previous two volumes. Can’t wait for more.

Also, check out his Beethoven Symphonies!


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