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Franz Schubert: Orchestrated

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sonata In C Major, D. 812, 'Grand Duo': Allegro moderato
  2. Sonata In C Major, D. 812, 'Grand Duo': Andante
  3. Sonata In C Major, D. 812, 'Grand Duo': Scherzo - Trio
  4. Sonata In C Major, D. 812, 'Grand Duo': Finale - Allegro moderato
  5. Fantasia In F Minor, D. 940: Allegro molto moderato - Allegro vivace
  6. Six German Dances, D. 820


Product Details

  • Orchestra: American Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leon Botstein
  • Composer: Schubert, Joachim, Mottl, Webern
  • Audio CD (May 23, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Int'l Classics
  • ASIN: B000001SIF
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I very much enjoy listening to piano transcriptions of orchestral works or, more often, orchestrations of chamber or solo instrumental pieces. Some renditions, such as Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky's Night on Bare Mountain and of his own (Ravel's) piano works are now heard more often than the originals. A few others, such as Schoenberg's orchestration of the first Brahms Piano Concerto, get played or recorded now and then. Anyway, this disc has music of Schubert originally for composed for piano. The largest chunk is devoted to an orchestration of the Grand Duo Sonata, D.812, by the 19th Century violinist Joseph Joachim. It starts out well, sounding very Schubertian, but to my ears begins to drag a bit after a while, and by middle my interest has largely evaporated. I think the reason for the failure is that the music itself doesn't seem to lend itself to interpretation by a full orchestra in the first place, and then Joachim doesn't seem to have the orchestration skills to make it interesting. On the other hand, the second work on the program is Felix Mottl's energetic arrangement of two movements from the Fantasia in F minor, D. 940, for piano four-hands. Here the original music and Mottl's treatment of it play off one another quite well -- it's too bad, perhaps, that he didn't try to orchestrate the entire work. Mottl's fine 18 minutes almost make up for Joachim's largely wasted 39. Bringing up the rear of this release is Anton von Webern's orchestration of Schubert's Six German Dances, D. 820, for solo piano. These seven minutes end the disc with relative softness, and Webern's arrangements are in the spirit of Schubert, with perhaps the slightest of 20th Century flavor. My final verdict on this disc is mixed.Read more ›
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