- Audio CD (Sept. 24 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Group
- ASIN: B0000042G0
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Symphony No. 9, D944 'Great': Andante - Allegro Ma Non Troppo|
|2. Symphony No. 9, D944 'Great': Andante Con Moto|
|3. Symphony No. 9, D944 'Great': Scherzo: Allegro Vivace|
|4. Symphony No. 9, D944 'Great': Allegro Vivace|
|5. Symphony No. 8, D759 'Unfinished': Allegro Moderato|
|6. Symphony No. 8, D759 'Unfinished': Andante Con Moto|
When this CD was issued in 1997, I was very hesitant to try it out, being fearful of another letdown after Decca's earlier miserable failure. After a few trusty reviewers gave this CD good ratings I took the risk, and was amply rewarded. Decca did a total flip flop, and with this CD they did one of their best analog-to-digital transfers ever.
I won't go into any details about the merits of Krips reading or the orchestra's performance. Many before me, both at Amazon.com and in publications, have thoroughly covered the artistic achievements represented here. Krips will never become a household word like Karajan, Furtwangler, Szell, Bohm, or the many others who are associted with noteworthy recordings of the symphony many consider Schubert's crowning glory. Good as they may be, none of them can hold a candle to this reading. Few works of the stature of this Schubert Great C Major Symphony are represented in the recording archives by a single item that stands out clearly above ALL others; but that can certainly be said of this recording (in this particular Decca reissue that is).
Decca quickly dropped this series of CDs, so I would not be surprised if it disappears from the catalog soon. So, get it while you can.
Composition : Masterpiece.
Performance : Masterpiece.
Engineering : Masterpiece.
The excessive length of Schubert's Ninth can often overwhelm one with restlessness and boredom, but this performance will invigorate you. Recorded in London in 1958, it is coupled with an eminently satisfying "Unfinished" recorded in Vienna a decade later, providing altogether 77 minutes of great listening.
I first knew this performance as a teenager on a cheapie LP. It was a good $7 to spend, and I fell in love with the piece with Krips great conducting. The performance has a warmth that is sorely missing from other performances of the ninths, some of them hardly negligable (including the terrific EMI Barbirolli, the Vox Schippers with Cincinnati, and so on). The most amazing part of the performance is the trio, which seems to go on forever in lesser hands; here it is a delight.
I had the CD pressing before this reissue. Alas, the first CD reissue transfer lost a lot in warmth that my well-worn LP had; while I can't personally comment on the transfer of this particular reissue as I yet do not have it in hand, everything I've read and heard would lead me to believe that the transfers are superior to that first CD try
However, even if it was a bad transfer, I'd recommend that anyone who might even consider that they might perchance like Schubert's symphonic works, should add Krips' ninth to their libraries.