Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9
Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Sir Charles Mackerras
Telarc 80502

Contents:

    Symphony No. 9 in C, D. 944 "The Great"
  1. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Andante con moto
  3. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
  4. Finale. Allegro vivace

  5. Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 "Unfinished"
  6. Allegro moderato
  7. Andante con moto

Performers: James Clark, Ruth Crouch, Greg Lawson, Lise Aferiat, Lorna McLaren, Claire Docherty, Fiona Alexander, Elin Edwards, Pauline Doig, Fiona Stephen (first violins); Peter Campbell-Kelly, Kathryn Greeley, Rosemary Ellison, Robert McFall, Niamh Lyons, Sarah Bevan-Baker, Diane Merson-Jones, Peter Markham (second violins); Catherine Marwood, Simon Rawson, Brian Schiele, Steve King, Vanessa McNaught, Rebecca Wexler (violas); Ursula Smith, Kevin McCrae, Betsy Taylor, Su-a Lee, Sian Bell, Alison Lawrance (cellos); Nicholas Bayley, Adrian Bornet, Paul Speirs, Jenni Meade (double basses); David Nicholson, Elisabeth Dooner, Kate Chisholm (flutes); Robin Williams, Ruth Contractor, Mary James, Sarina Scott (oboes); Romolo Tisano, Ruth Ellis (clarinets); Ursula Leveaux, Alison Green (bassoons); Nicholas Reader (contrabassoon); Robert Cook, Harry Johnstone, Andrew Clark, Martin Lawrence, Nicholas Smith (natural horns); Peter Franks, Shaun Harrold, Darren Beyton (natural trumpets); Nigel Cox, Jason Sinclair, Patrick Jackman (trombones); Francis Magee (tuba); Caroline Garden (timpani); Joanne McDowell, Elspeth Rose, Alan Stark (percussion)

Playing time: 80'

Recording date: March 1998

Mackerras had already recorded this material on period instruments, and that experience pays off with this recording. The forces are reduced to levels with which Schubert would have been familiar, yielding a nice intimacy.

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T. M. McComb