Nothing could be more symbolic than opening with Franz Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony: left incomplete by the composer, wrapped in a haze of mystery, but also powerful and deeply romantic.
The legendary conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt described this symphony as a piece with the “strangeness, surprise and shock of a stone that comes from the moon.” The work was absolutely innovative, but at the same reflects the spirit of the age in which it was written: melodious, romantic, bursting with emotions and feelings.
Tangible proof – even after nearly 200 years – that something that comes to an abrupt halt seems nevertheless to be full of beauty and power that stands the test of time.
Sinfonie Nr. 7 h-Moll D.759 “Unvollendete”
The Death of Oscar
Nänie, op. 82
with Vlaams Radiokoor
ℹ️ CONCERT WITHOUT INTERMISSION (60')
Listen to these different recordings & discover the evolution in approach: New York Philharmonic & Bruno Walter (1961), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1991), Orchestra of the 18th century & Franz Brüggen (2006):
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