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Now I’m used to the transcription of a 4-hand sonata in E Major as #7, and I like it that way.
D 708 seems to be a song, so D708a seems to be an interpolation into the Deutsch catalogue.
The work is a piano sketch that Schubert never finished.
The first movement is playful, and the andante con moto is nice. But a comparison with the Symphony #10 in D is not impressive. In that work, the first movement is truly majestic (almost like a Bruckner Symphony triple Nulte) and the slow movement, in B Minor, could fit into a Mahler symphony as is. But the scherzo here is the same as the scherzo of Newbould’s 10th, and the finale is rather Haydn like here; in the 10th (Bartholomew, the Belgian performance) it’s playful but harmonically advanced.
I still see Schubert is a closer predecessor to both Bruckner and Mahler than any other composer (when you start with works like the Great C Major (really, the concept of the first movement is bizarre yet it works and thrills us perfectly) and the C Major Quintet, the latter being almost Mahlerian as a chamber work).
Second illustration: Embed from Wikipedia of sketch of F708a, p.d., click for attribution.