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Schubert: Symphony No.7 "Unfinished" & Rondo, Concerto, Polonaise For Violin and Orchestra

David Zinman Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 20, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA RED SEAL
  • ASIN: B005D4Y54K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,560 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 7 in B Minor, D. 759 "Unfinished"; I. Allegro moderato
2. Symphony No. 7 in B Minor, D. 759 "Unfinished"; II. Andante con moto
3. Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in A Major, D. 438
4. Polonaise in B-flat Major for Violin and Orchestra, D. 580
5. Concertstück in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, D. 345

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After their acclaimed recording of the complete Beethoven symphonies in a new musical guise, a highly regarded cycle of Richard Strauss's tone poems, the complete Mahler symphonies and a number of other musical projects with which attracted widespread attention, David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich now devote themselves to the symphonies of Franz Schubert. David approaches the Schubert symphonies with exceptional expertise, basing his recordings on the original editions of the scores, using 19th-century instruments and paying heed to historic performing practice. The new readings by David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich offer the chance to enjoy Schubert's symphonies in fresh new versions: a cycle for the 21st century.

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The disc is charming, at least if you accept Zinman's historical rather than purely Romantic approach. Yes, he is predictably quick, but his is a delightful interpretation, nonetheless. It's all in taste and expectations, I suppose.

John J. Puccio
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Schubert asks for the first movement of the Unfinished to go "moderately fast," which Zinman, famous for zipping through Beethoven and Schumann, predictably interprets as "very fast." The movement rolls by with no expressive touches, just a quick march to the end. Amazingly, there are listeners who love Zinman's poker-faced literalism. The second movement is marked "at a lively walking pace" -Andante con moto - which Zinman turns into an Allegro. But it doesn't matter when you are intent on ruining a masterpiece by rushing it to the exit. The playing of the zurich Tonhalle is, as usual, competent but totally unexceptional. The Gramophone reviewer called this performance bracing: i call it nearly unbearable.

The rest of the disc consists of three works for violin and orchestra, the soloist being the Tonhalle's concertmaster Andreas Zanke. these are works form Schubert's teenage years (1816-17), and they fall under the shadow of Mozart. Even so, there is an unmistakable air of Schubert hovering over them; they are quietly joyful, innocent works. Perhaps in deference to his soloist, Zinman relents from the total lack of expression and rubato in the Unfinished, allowing the violin to "speak" in a more natural, easy way. There's a touch of grandeur in the Polonaise in B flat D. 580, a ten-minute work and the latest of the three; it evokes some of the composer's melancholy lyricism, although with a light touch. The Concertstuck in D D. 345, wears more formal dress in its symmetrical, Haydnesque lines. I so enjoyed these add-ons that I regret having to pan the whole CD, but really, Zinman's Unfinished is cringe-worthy.

Lovers of Norrington and other HIP fanciers shouldn't hesitate - they will swallow the whole thing as is.
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