Schubert: Unfinished & Great Symphonies

B'Rock Orchestra, Rene Jacobs, Tobias Moretti

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Returning to NativeDSD with their 4th Stereo and 5 Channel Surround Sound DSD release, multiple prize-winning conductor René Jacobs and the B’Rock Orchestra complete their Schubert cycle on Pentatone with the composer’s two most famous symphonies, the Unfinished and Great. The players of the B’Rock Orchestra present these works on period instruments; transparent, but full of fire.

In his extensive liner notes, Jacobs develops a theory that the B Minor Symphony did not remain “unfinished”, but was deliberately left unfinished, because Schubert shaped its two movements in analogy to Mein Traum (My Dream),  an autobiographical narration in two parts, written in 1822, simultaneous to the creation of the symphony.

While the first half of Mein Traum tells about his mother’s decease and his problematic relationship to his father, the second part enters a magical, Romantic realm, and eventually brings a reconciliation with his father. On this recording, the two parts of the narration precede the two movements of the Unfinished symphony, and are recited by Tobias Moretti. Jacobs argues that, after the dream-inspired Unfinished, the Great C Major Symphony, with its solemn character and sublime dimensions, served as a liberation for Schubert. Presenting these contrasting works forms a fitting apotheosis to a cycle that has been designed from the onset as a series of symphonic pairs.

B’Rock Orchestra
Tobias Moretti – Narrator
Rene Jacobs, Conductor

Tracklist

1.
“Great” Symphony in C Major, D 944 I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo - Pił moto
10:06
2.
“Great” Symphony in C Major, D 944 II. Andante con moto
13:24
3.
“Great” Symphony in C Major, D 944 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace - Trio
15:59
4.
“Great” Symphony in C Major, D 944 IV. Allegro vivace
15:40
5.
“Unfinished” Symphony in B Minor, D 759 “Mein Traum”, Part 1
03:08
6.
“Unfinished” Symphony in B Minor, D 759 I. Allegro moderato
13:28
7.
“Unfinished” Symphony in B Minor, D 759 “Mein Traum”, Part 2
01:25
8.
“Unfinished” Symphony in B Minor, D 759 II. Andante con moto
08:23

Total time: 01:21:33

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PTC5186894

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Erdo Groot

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Carl Schuurbiers

Recording Location

De Singel, Antwerp, in December 2020

Release Date July 29, 2022

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