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Big Schubert Box
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2013
The Big Schubert Box marks our 15th Big Box.
This Schubert collection shows the love of Vienna that runs through the Bach Guild as a label, and as a business. The Bach Guild made its first recordings in Vienna, where musicians could be had for food (quite literally), and Americans were there with some money to capture a musical scene that was propelled by the access to new scholarship that was limited by world wars.
This box actually comes as something of a surprise - the strong amount of Schubert in the Bach Guild catalog snuck up on us. 14 hours of Schubert, and we didn't know we had it. And we've not included works recorded twice (Trout Quintet, Wanderer Fantasy) or short encores.
You'll find a tremendous focus on the orchestral works and the solo piano works in this collection. There's just a spare amount of chamber music - perhaps reflecting the marketplace more than the A&R direction of the label. And just a nice tasty recital of Schubert songs. Just enough to make us wish for more, but, `tis not to be.
So here are the highlights and some additional information that we can provide you:
1. This collection includes two rarely recorded symphonic works, and they provide debate, as well as offer you some new and hard to find recorded experiences. Symphony No. 7 was essentially completed by Schubert in sketch form, but he only orchestrated a portion of it. Three versions exist of a fully orchestrated version, the version in this box is the Felix Weingartner version. Our detective work shows there is perhaps only one other recording of this version currently available, and this release marks the first time this recording has been available in fifty years.
2. The other mysterious Schubert symphony included in this collection is the orchestration of the Grand Duo sonata by Joseph Joachim. The original release on LP of this performance referred to this work as the "Gastein" symphony, but more recent scholarship has shown the ephemeral "Gastein" to be simply Schubert's 9th symphony and not some other "Planet X" type work floating just out of view. Again - we could only find one other recording of this work, and again, this title has been out of print since the early 1960s.
3. As for the other goodies that see the light of day after decades of dormancy, we are offering some digital debuts: Bruce Hungerford performing Schubert's Sonata No. 20, and Lili Kraus's performances of the Piano Sonata D.960 and the "Wanderer" Fantasy, Sir Charles Mackerras' fine performances of Symphonies No. 5 & 6, the complete incidental music from Rosamunde with Netania Devrath, an hour long live Schubert recital from Elly Ameling and finally, Peter Serkin and Alexander Schneider's complete recordings of the Sonatinas and Rondo Brillante. None of these recordings has been available for digital download and most of them have been out of print on any format for over a decade.
4. In the "not seen in half a century" category, there are performances of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony with Vienna State Opera Orchestra, as well as a lovely performance of the "Trout" Quintet with Denis Matthews and the Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet.
5. We're also pleased to mention that this box contains absolutely no duplicated material from any other Big Box that we've released - 14 hours of original material.
6. And a discovery we're sad that we can't release here but we will at some point - in the research for this recording, we discovered 20 minutes of Bruce Hungerford performing light piano works of Schubert, a healthy dose of dances, eccossaises and landler. However, the performer either had a "gimmick" where he performed all 12 works without stopping, or someone edited these works so they could make it on the end of some album at some point. We're going to have to break all of these works apart, and that will take time. But we hope to have a Bruce Hungerford set to announce at some point - and now we know it will contain an LP side of Schubert, never before released.
We've tried to address the issue some of you have had with tracks being shortened and then appearing in the first two seconds of the following track. We believe we have solved that problem, and the tracks in this collection should be in complete compliance.
As always, we appreciate your comments. Look for a new line launch soon - because not everything fits in a Big Box, sometimes you just have to put something in your Pocket...
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2013
I usually pay no attention to super budget classical albums. I figured they were great for someone just starting out but were worthless to those of us who have been into this kind of music for a long time. Anyway, these sets kept popping up when I would search for different items so I took some time to investigate them. When I realized where these recordings came from I became very excited. I am a part time record collector and I am familiar with the label these tapes come from. To make along story short I ordered the Shubert box and have been blown away by it. The 5th symphony is wonderfully recorded and played and I can't wait to here the rest of it. It is an excellent set for the beginner or the long-time fan.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
Having known many of these performances from LP days, I am happy to have them now on a thumbdrive for car trips (as I am with the earlier Chopin "big box"). One suggestion/request -- on "sets" like this with tracks numbering over 100, please number them with 3-digits from the start: 001, 002... As it is, I have to renumber the first 99 tracks, adding a zero, so my player plays them in the correct order. Small point, but an unnecessary hassle. Thanks again, and keep them coming (how about a Beethoven set that includes the Mannheim Trio's old recordings of the Beethoven piano trios -- favorites of mine from the LP era). Dave Royko
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2013
I just bought this great bargain, staying up late last night to see the download through to completion. At random, just enjoyed the Mackerras 6th symphony rendition. (perky flute and clarinet passages in the final movement are very enjoyable, so many other versions drag this movement out and spoil the work for me.) I can't wait to burrow into all the delights of this 13+ hour download!! What a price! With performers like Ameling, Kraus, Mackerras, and Brendel, you can't go wrong. My shelves are already bulging with Schubert CDs and LPs, purchased over a 50 year period roughly, but these recordings are a very welcome addition!
Thank you Bach Guild and thank you, Amazon!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Founded in 1948 with the goal of recording the complete Bach cantatas, the Bach Guild expanded its purpose over the years to make historical recordings of many composers including Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Vivaldi, and more in addition to Bach. The Bach Guild has been releasing its large output on "big" MP3 box sets at low prices. The Bach Guild's most recent "big box" is this set consisting of over 13 hours of the music of Franz Schubert. At a price of less than one dollar, this set is irresistible, and the music is glorious.

In his short life, Schubert (1797 -- 1828) created astounding music in quality and quantity. Many well-informed listeners remain unaware of the scope of Schubert's accomplishment. (A few years ago, I played a Schubert piano sonata for a reasonably musically literate audience. One person told me she had sung Schubert as a child but that she had no idea he had composed piano sonatas.)

This "big box" offers an excellent guide to Schubert with performances by first rate artists. Schubert remains best-known as a song composer. The box includes a live, one hour recital of 14 songs by Elly Ameling and Rudolf Jansen on the piano. The songs and performances are lovely and go beyond the handful of Schubert's most familiar songs. Ameling sings Schubert's familiar and endearing "To Sylvia" for example while also performing less frequently heard songs including "Iphigenia" and "Ganymed". The set does not include Schubert's song cycles Die Winterreise, Die Schone Mullerin, or Schwanengesang. The set may move the listener to pursue them for him or herself.

Schubert longed to be more that a writer of songs, and the "big box" will convince listeners that he succeeded. The set includes four symphonies, no. 5,6, the "Unfinished", and the "Great", together with reconstructions of two others, (rare for a box set). The Great Symphony, no 9 in C major in the set, by Carl Schuricht and SDR Radio Stuttgart is swelling in the background, inspiring me as I write. Schubert's output of chamber music was extensive, and this box includes his beloved "Trout Quintet" and his tragic late C major string quintet, D. 956. Schubert's d minor string quartet is included as well as shorter works. Many other Schubert quartets remain for the interested listener to pursue. Schubert's short, lovely compositions for violin and piano, performed by Alexander Schneider and Peter Serkin also are included in this set.

Schubert's piano music is close to my heart. His piano sonatas once were neglected but have come into their own at last. The highlight of the "Big Box" for me was the Schubert of Lily Krauss, (1903 -- 1986). Krauss was best-known for her performances of Mozart and Beethoven. This collection shows she was a Schubertian as well, with performances of three Schubert sonatas, including the last sonata in B-flat major, the Impromptus, and the virtuosic Wanderer Fantasy, a piece I would not have associated with Krauss. There are also performances of sonatas by Alfred Brendel, together with the German Dances, and Bruce Hungerford in the posthumous A major sonata. Here again, the box leaves some piano of Schubert's piano music to be discovered. For example, the listener may want to explore Schubert's G major sonata, not included in the "Big Box".

The "Big Box" is an outstanding risk-free way to get to know the beauties of Schubert's music. Those listeners who know Schubert will enjoy these hard to find and outstanding performances by great artists.

Robin Friedman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2013
The Vanguard/Bach Guild labels did yeoman work in recording vast quantities of little-known music, and that included Vivaldi, Handel, Schubert, Haydn, and a slew of Bach. This was in the period before authentic performance practice moved into the mainstream. If you set store in such things, expect to be disappointed by some of the baroque Big Box performances...although there is a harpsichord continuo in practically all of them.

This Schubert collection is less problematic. Elly Ameling, Peter Serkin, et al are superb Schubert interpreters. This collection is a great reference, yes, (there is just so much of Schubert's output here), but also the source of many outstanding performances.

We live in wonderful times. It is unbelievable to have so much great music so beautifully played for so little money. Today's music lovers live better than kings of yore. We have untold treasures of music, painting, and literature in many languages on our devices. And we can even make phone calls with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2014
This collection of music by Schubert is amazing. It is amazing because it is such a big and comprehensive collection. It is amazing because it is dirt cheap for the collection. I bought the MP3 for $2.99. I see that others paid even less. It is amazing because the quality of the recordings is quite good. It is amazing because the performances are quite good. I recommend this collection to anyone looking to fill out their music library with Schubert. You get a lot for your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2013
Fantastic repertoire, first-rate performances. There are very good reasons he is rated up there with Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven. I predict you'll end up buying a lot more Schubert. Forgive the advertising copy tone! All the Bach Guild releases are must-haves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
I've been listening to this set as accompaniment to my morning walk which lasts about an hour. The performances of the Fifth & Sixth Symphonies (conducted by Mackerras) and the Trout Quintet are excellent. Today I gave a listen to the Weingartner completion of the Seventh Symphony in E, and it was also enjoyable, even if the recording itself shows its age. The Ninth also shows it's age in an otherwise enjoyable version led by Carl Schuricht.

One could do much worse than listening to Schubert in the early morning!

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2013
I am fond of Schubert's music, particularly the late piano sonatas. This album is an amazing bargain. Good versions of several of the late sonatas. Some orchestral works I had not heard before; the Gastein Symphony and a versions of the uncompleted 7th symphony.
I would love to see future boxes with more Schubert; the complete string quartets and piano sonatas.
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