Post by Ordinary_CWH
Hi, everyone. I am just a beginger to listen to classical music (>2
year), and I like Schubert's works most.
How do you guys think about Schubert?Can you tell me about Symphony
No.5? I think it's fantastic and gorgeous at all. Besides, I think
"Great" is also suit to me - the horn sounds great. I feel warm when I
listen the 1st movement.
Please give me some respond for it.
Thanks a lot.;-)
Schubert is one of the giants of classical music. Great influence in later
composers very different, like Dvorák and Bruckner. If you're interested in
symphonies 5 & 9, try the rest. The 4 and the 8 are equally masterful
(although I think the 9 surpass all the rest, and is one of the most deep,
perfect and original symphonies of all times). Don't let you discourage by
many people that think that the number 1 and number 2 are "minor", and all
that stuff. My favorite recording of all symphonies is, probably, the one
made by a german conductor called Günter Wand, published by BMG/RCA, 09026
63940 2; or, better said, I think this is one recording that can be very
good if you're approaching Schubert now, but that will last in your
collection if you are fond of Schubert 10 or 20 years later.
Schubert is also a master of chamber music. Quartets 12-15 are astonishing.
What I said about symphony number 9 compared with the rest, must be applied
to quartet number 15 (and, if sometime you are interested in Bruckner, then
listen very carefully to this quartet, especially the first movement). Same
for the Quintet for strings D956, other Himalaya of classical music (not
just of Schubert's output). Piano sonatas 19-21 (D958-D960) are equally
absorbing and impressive, as is a cycle of Lieder called "Winterreise". But
all that is "heavy" stuff, in emotional and musical terms; so, if you want
something in the line of Symphony number 5, more "light" (but masterful) you
could go to the Quintet for strings and piano D 667 "Trout", or earlier
piano sonatas like D664, or the Impromptus and Moment Musicaux for piano, or
an earlier Lieder cycle called "Die Schöne Mullerin", or his two piano trios
D898 & D 929.
I could go on and on: the Fantasia "Wanderer" for piano, one of the most
bretahtaking piano music of the time; the Sonata "Arpeggione" for cello and
piano (although it wasn't written for cello, but it is performed today on
that instrument), all the piano sonatas from D575, around 300 songs more or
less... But infestigate for yourself: Schubert is worth of it.