Nikolaus Harnoncourt: Schubert Symphony No. 8 in C Major, D 944 (Great)

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1 Symphony No. 8 in C Major, D 944 (Great): I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo 16:29 48/24 Album only
2 Symphony No. 8 in C Major, D 944 (Great): II. Andante con moto 15:16 48/24 Album only
3 Symphony No. 8 in C Major, D 944 (Great): III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Trio 15:20 48/24 Album only
4 Symphony No. 8 in C Major, D 944 (Great): IV. Finale: Allegro vivace 11:54 48/24 Album only

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt once said, “Schubert is the composer who is closest to my heart” – and in this edition, Harnoncourt and the Berliner Philharmoniker present a brilliant and multifaceted portrait of the composer. It of course includes Schubert’s symphonies – from the too little-known early works to the “Unfinished” and the “Great” C major Symphony. With Schubert’s final two masses, central works of Romantic sacred music are also represented, plus there is a first-class discovery with the opera Alfonso und Estrella.

Harnoncourt’s case for the work is so convincing not least because of the superb cast of singers which includes Kurt Streit, Dorothea Röschmann and Christian Gerhaher. But what lies at the musical centre of this edition is the collaboration of orchestra and conductor. This Schubert is colourful and dramatic – and represents a unique synthesis in which the famous sound of the Berliner Philharmoniker is as evident as Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s familiarity with the transparency and sound speech of historical performance practice.

Berliner Philharmoniker
Nikolaus Harnoncourt Conductor

Christian Elsner Tenor
Bernarda Fink Contralto
Christian Gerhaher Bass
Jonas Kaufmann Tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann Bass
Luba Orgonášová Soprano
Birgit Remmert Contralto
Dorothea Röschmann Soprano
Jochen Schmeckenbecher Bass
Kurt Streit Tenor
Rundfunkchor Berlin