Beethoven – Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’ – Schubert Symphony No 8 ‘Unfinished’

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Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Opus 55 – ‘Eroica’

BBC Philharmonic (Stephen Kovacevich, conductor)

Recorded in Leeds Town Hall on May 7, 1994

Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828)

Symphony No. 8 in B Minor – ‘Unfinished’

BBC Philharmonic (Gunter Herbig, conductor)

Recorded in Leeds Town Hall on February 11, 1995

ONE-SENTENCE REVIEW:

Now this is a double-pack to be appreciated – live performances, BBC Philharmonic – unbelievable music.

ORIGINAL LINER NOTES (written by Richard Wigmore):

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As Joseph Kerman has observed, the ‘Eroica’ marks a turning point in the history of modern music.

In it the dimensions and reach of the Classical symphony are startlingly expanded.

The music’s gargantuan energy and unprecedented expressive range are contained within a mighty architectural span whose proportions Beethoven was not to exceed until the Ninth Symphony.

He worked on the symphony during 1803, the year after the crisis engendered by his encroaching deafness, movingly expressed in the Heiligenstadt Testament.

The work was dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte. But Beethoven furiously tore out the dedication on hearing that the First Consul had proclaimed himself Emperor.

The hero became anonymous; and on the symphony’s publication in 1806 the title page ran: ‘Sinfonia Eroica: composed to celebrate the memory of a great man.’

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The circumstances surrounding Schubert’s B minor Symphony have provoked reams of speculation.

We know for certain that in autumn 1822 he composed the first two movements and bean a scherzo, breaking off after 20 bars.

He gave the torso to his friend Anselm Huttenbrenner, and apparently forgot about it. the work’s incomplete state may just be linked to the onset of Schubert’s serious illness (syphilis)late in 1822.

But his reasons for abandoning the symphony were more likely due to a creative crisis during the years 1818-22. Virtually all of his other instrumental works from this period were likewise left as fragments.

And, as with the symphony, Schubert’s failure to complete them testifies to his struggles to evolve a new conception of the four-movement sonata ideal that reconciled the powerful impact of Beethoven’s middle-period works with an increasingly subjective melodic and harmonic vision.

TRACK LISTING:

  • 1-2: Schubert Symphony No. 8 in B Minor – ‘Unfinished’
  • 3-6: Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Opus 55 – ‘Eroica’

FINAL THOUGHT:

If I had a choice between my current creative state and Schubert’s ‘creative crisis of 1818-1822’ – I’ll take Schubert’s any day. We should all have such writer’s block!

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Emily Sachs – President – Manka Music Group (A division of Manka Bros. Studios – The World’s Largest Media Company)

One Reply to “Beethoven – Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’ – Schubert Symphony No 8 ‘Unfinished’”

  1. In Schubert’s attempts to complete his symphony and sonatas, his struggle is evident in trying to reconcile the powerful impact of Beethoven’s middle-period works with an evolving subjective melodic and harmonic vision. How did Schubert navigate this balance between Beethoven’s influence and his own developing musical style in trying to redefine the four-movement sonata ideal? Can you highlight specific elements within Schubert’s unfinished works that showcase this struggle and the pursuit of a distinct musical identity?
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