180 Gram Vinyl!
The most distinguished symphonist among Beethoven's contemporaries, and the
last great composer to be uninfluenced by him, was Schubert. ...the C major is
his classical masterpiece.
This is Schubert’s longest symphony, and its music has been described as
heavenly. The symphony is typically and specifically Schubertian in its form,
occupying a position in the history of music between Beethoven, Bruckner and
Mahler – right on the threshold which separates classicism from romanticism.
It is hard to say if Josef Krips ever succeeded in making a finer recording. The
presentation has a direct, unforced spontaneity, confirming that Krips had an
intuitive understanding of Schubert’s compositions. The orchestra plays with
dynamic vivacity without ever sounding aggressive. The interpretation of the two
final movements is delightful in its airy exhilaration: swaying in a dance-like
rhythm, tripping lightly through virtually every key there is, and in between,
in the Scherzo, the gravity of the trio. The Finale, again, is merry in
character with triplets rushing past, and the listener revels in every single
repetition as the magnificence of this work reveals itself.
The inspired orchestra does full justice to the music and renders an
interpretation in the Viennese tradition at its very best.
This recording simply cannot be surpassed in terms of performance or sound
quality – it is a must not only for the lover of Schubert’s music.
Recording: May 1958 at Kingsway Hall in London by Kenneth E. Wilkinson /
Production: Erik Smith
• 180g Vinyl
London Symphony Orchestra
Josef Krips, conductor
Symphony No. 9 in C Major