Schubert: Symphonies 4 and 5

B'Rock Orchestra, Rene Jacobs

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Tragic And Light Symphonies From A Heavy Soul

Multiple prize-winning conductor René Jacobs and the B’Rock Orchestra present the third installment of their Schubert cycle on Pentatone with a recording of the composer’s Fourth and Fifth Symphony.

Just as with the Second and Third, Jacobs approaches these works as a symphonic pair, revealing contrasting aspects of Schubert’s personality and compositional approach. The Fourth is Schubert’s first symphony in a minor key and adumbrates a new harmonic worldview that Dvořák associated with Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

On the contrary, the Fifth sounds Mozartian and cheerful, although that light-heartedness is only an appearance, as is so often the case in Schubert’s music. In the composer’s words, “too light a mind usually harbors a heart that is too heavy!” Looking closer beneath the surface, the cross-relations between the “Tragic” Fourth and “lighter” Fifth become more evident.

The players of the B’Rock Orchestra present these works on period instruments. Transparent, but full of fire.

B’Rock Orchestra
Rene Jacobs, Conductor

Tracklist

1.
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor D. 417 'Tragic' I. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
09:00
2.
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor D. 417 'Tragic' II. Andante
08:29
3.
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor D. 417 'Tragic' III. Menuetto. Allegro vivace
03:09
4.
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor D. 417 'Tragic' IV. Allegro
10:41
5.
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major D. 485 I. Allegro
07:09
6.
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major D. 485 II. Andante con moto
08:15
7.
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major D. 485 III. Menuetto. Allegro molto
05:20
8.
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major D. 485 IV. Allegro vivace
07:06

Total time: 00:59:09

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PTC5186856

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Producer

Erdo Groot (Polyhymnia International)

Recording Engineers

Andreas Wolf (Symphony No. 4) & Carl Schuurbiers (Symphony No. 5)

Recording Location

De Spil, Roeselare, Belgium, July 2019 (Symphony No. 4) and at Haus der Musik Innsbruck, Austria, February 2020 (Symphony No. 5).

Release DateAugust 27, 2021

Press reviews

De Standaard 4 out of 5

Jacobs and the B’Rock Orchestra manage to walk a thin line between Classicist transparency and Romantic upheaval. The sound is aggressive, with energetic string playing, while the playful winds punctuate the vast sonority of the strings, offering relief amidst all the intensity.

BBC Radio 3

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21st August 2021

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