Schubert: Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 4; Overtures

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LABELS: Carlton
WORKS: Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 4; Overtures
PERFORMER: English Sinfonia/Charles Groves
CATALOGUE NO: IMP 30367 01292 Carlton IMP 30367 01292 77:26 mins £ 1991
Schubert’s Third Symphony sparkles with youthful optimism and the Fourth’s darker images press forward with restless urgency in these idiomatic performances by Groves and the English Sinfonia, revealing the composer’s prodigious development in the field of orchestral music. The Sinfonia is likewise effective at portraying Schubert’s absorption of Mozart’s and Rossini’s influences in the Der Teufel als Hydraulicus, Der häusliche Krieg and Italian (D591) overtures. The climaxes are not always ideally focused, but reverberant recording pleasingly highlights individual instrumental colours. Nicholas Rast