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24. Schubert: Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished", Symphony No. 5 & Rosamunde Ballet Music No. 2

Schubert was born in Vienna in 1797, five years after Beethoven's arrival in the city and six years after the death of Mozart. He died in 1828, a year after the death of Beethoven. Schubert spent much of his short life in the company of his friends, writing song after song, often for immediate domestic performance, but never holding any official position in the musical establishment of the Empire. His so-called Unfinished Symphony is just that. Instead of four movements it has only two, and remained unknown until its discovery in 1865. Symphony No. 5 is typical of the Viennese classical symphony at its most attractive, while the ballet music from Rosamunde is far better known than the inferior theatrical work that it once accompanied.

Recommended recording
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished", Symphony No. 5 & Rosamunde Ballet Music No. 2, with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Halász. Naxos 8.550145 Naxos 8.550145


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