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.
Rene Jacobs, Conductor
Total time: 00:59:09
|Original Recording Format|
Erdo Groot (Polyhymnia International)
Andreas Wolf (Symphony No. 4) & Carl Schuurbiers (Symphony No. 5)
De Spil, Roeselare, Belgium, July 2019 (Symphony No. 4) and at Haus der Musik Innsbruck, Austria, February 2020 (Symphony No. 5).
|Release Date||August 27, 2021|
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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