Schubert: Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished); Rosamunde (excerpts)

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Composer(s):
Schubert
Works:
Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished); Rosamunde (excerpts)
Performer:
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Charles Mackerras
Label:
Virgin Veritas
Catalogue Number:
VER 5 61305 2
Performance:
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Sound:
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5
Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine
Strongly musical, period-style performances, with the OAE in pedigree form. Brian Newbould’s version of the Unfinished (also recorded by Marriner on Philips – a more superficial, less weighty account) artfully completes and orchestrates Schubert’s abandoned scherzo, and proposes the B minor Entr’acte from Rosamunde as a possible finale. It all makes good circumstantial sense – even if on this occasion the fantasy of the Entr’acte lacks sufficient direction and climax to be absolutely convincing as a symphonic full-stop. Exemplary engineering. Ates Orga
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