|Franz Peter Schubert|
Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200
Symphony in E, D729
Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
“On to new shores” could be the motto of this publication of the Symphonies No. 3 in D major and 7 in E major. This generally so positively charged exclamation is perfectly suited to describe the sparkling innovative power of Symphony No. 3 in D major, with which Schubert is still in a stage of experimentation marked by a youthful zest for action, but seems to have overcome the teething troubles inherent in the preceding Symphonies No. 1 and 2
Does this exclamation also fit in with the completion of the score sketch of Symphony No. 7 in E major? Yes and no, one must admit. On the one hand, even the slow introduction of the Seventh in E major sounds like something completely new (and something new perfect), on the other hand, there may have been reasons why Schubert, who composed impetuously directly into the score sketch, left the symphony only as a skeleton. Even when completed by another hand, it is worthwhile to study this work, which builds a bridge from the carefree Symphony No. 6 to Schubert’s late work with the Unfinished Symphony and the Great Symphony in C major. These are two departures of different kinds – and to two different shores – which we document with this recording.