Weingartner: Violin Concerto Op. 52; Schubert: Symphony In E (Arr. Weingartner) / Breuninger, Swr Rundfunkorchester
Schubert's Symphony in E major (the so-called Symphony No. 7) is considered a fragment due to its being only partially scored--about three-quarters of the first movement, the remainder ranging from instrumentation on four staves down to long stretches of a single melodic line. Weingartner's completion views the work from a late-19th-century perspective, with some passages (particularly in the finale) clothed in a Brucknerian timbre. The slow movement draws on Brahms' woodwind style, while the scherzo features a distinctly Mahlerian-flavored trio. Weingartner unfortunately makes a number of cuts, something not done by Brian Newbould in his "realization", which sounds markedly closer to Schubert's actual style.
Even so, the music itself, with its many pre-echoes of the Unfinished and Great C major symphonies, is compelling as it forms a bridge from Schubert's "juvenilia" to the mature masterworks of his "late" period. Francis leads the orchestra in a lively rendition, though he doesn't supplant the earlier recording by Heinz Rögner with the Berlin RSO. CPO's resonant recording places the orchestra to the rear, but at least in this case the violin doesn't dominate the acoustic. A novel and worthy release, especially for Schubertophiles.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
Catalog Number: 999424-2
Composer: Felix Weingartner, Franz Schubert
Conductor: Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swr Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
Performer: Albrecht Breuninger