Schubert: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - Gardner
Chandos CHSA 5234
Classical - Orchestral
Schubert: Symphonies 3, 5 & 7 (8)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)
Following a highly successful series Mendelssohn in Birmingham, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with their former Chief Conductor Edward Gardner here presents the first volume in a new surround-sound series: Schubert Symphonies. This first volume comprises of three symphonies spanning across Schuberts life. His Symphony No. 3 (1815), with its extensive and evolving slow introduction is followed by the culminating distillation of Schubertian classicism that is his little Symphony No. 5 (1816). Scored for chamber orchestra, it tells of an influence of Mozart, for whom Schubert seemed to have felt a special affinity with around this time. Completing the album is Schuberts much more intense (with a turbulent first movement and serene second) Symphony No. 8 unfinished (1822), of which only the first two movements and a skeleton sketch of a third Scherzo movement were completed.
Recorded 9 and 10 July 2018 at the Town Hall, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 24/96
Recording producer: Brian Pidgeon
Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens
Assistant engineer and editor: Jonathan Cooper
A&R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Microphones: Thuresson CM 402 (main sound); Schoeps MK22, MK4 and MK6; DPA 4006 & 4011; Neumann U89
CM 402 microphones are hand built by the designer, Jörgen Thuresson, in Sweden.