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.