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Schubert: Orchestral Favourites Vol. 15



"This is the first 'authentic' Schubert symphony cycle past the finishing post ... But are the much lauded advantages of period instruments in evidence here: the supposed enhancement of textural transparency, more sharply defined rhythms etc? The answer is yes." Jonathan Swain, Gramophone

The Hanover Band was the first Period Instrument Orchestra to record a complete Beethoven Symphony cycle and having accomplished this remarkable achievement they set sights for Schubert. The Complete Symphony set is available but these gems were not included so we are delighted that they are now available once again.

From an early age Schubert had been deeply interested in composing for the theatre and was commissioned to compose incidental music for Helmina von Chezy's four-act play Rosamunde, Furstin von Zypern. Rosamunde was premiere d on 20 December 1823 and withdrawn after only one further performance. The ten numbers which Schubert composed for this production comprise three entr'actes, two ballets, two vocal solos and three choruses. As an overture he used the one which he had written for his unperformed opera Alfonso und Estrella (1821-22), and as late as 1826 he referred to this as his Rosamunde Overture. The Overture to Die Zauberharfe, which later became known as the Rosamunde Overture, only acquired this association when it was published in a piano duet version together with a selection from the incidental music to Chezy's play in 1827.

Schubert: Orchestral Favourites Vol. 15