Thursday, January 04, 2018

Schubert's C Major "The Great" Symphony #9 foreshadows Bruckner just as his "completed symphonies" do


Here’s a score of Schubert’s “Great” C Major Symphony (#9) in C, D. 944.  (It is sometimes listed as #7.)


This sounds like the work that made all of Bruckner’s output possible.   The performance is by Wolfgang Sawallisch.

The magnificent (“Brucknerian”) close of the first movement occurs at 14:17,  Sawasllish slows down.  At the end of the finale, he holds the final crashing octave as a fortissimo, which not all conductors do.

Besides the rapid repeated notes, the work has many unresolved dissonances (as in the second movement) which must have inspired Bruckner.

I had a Decca (with Decca vinyl) record of the work with Furtwangler conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in the early 1960s.  It sounded muffled and constricted.
  
I believe I heard the Minnesota Orchestra play this in 2001. 

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