- 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: #189,300 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.