New Releases: Schubert Symphonies Vol. 1 – Edward Gardner and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Tasmin Little Plays Schumann, Smyth & Beach – Tasmin Little
4 February 2019, 10:00 | Updated: 4 February 2019, 10:01
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Schubert Symphonies Vol. 1 – Edward Gardner and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
This is the first instalment in the orchestra's new Schubert symphonies series, and instead of following the chronological order of his symphonic works, they have chosen three symphonies that span Schubert's career.
His Symphony No. 3 (1815), is followed by the more classical-feeling Symphony No. 5 (1816) which is scored for chamber orchestra.
The final symphony, No. 8, is Schubert's unfinished symphony. Only two completed movements and a sketch for the third movement were left behind. Much more intense and turbulent than the third and fifth symphonies, this recording brings out the light and dark in Schubert's unique compositions.
Tasmin Little plays Clara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth & Amy Beach – Tasmin Little
Renowned violinist Tasmin Little celebrates a line-up of female-only composers on her new album. Simply put, it's a wonderful album of Little playing music by Clara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth and Amy Beach.
She plays a characterful and sensitive repertoire:
– Sonata in A Minor, Op. 34 – Beach
– Drei Romanzen, Op. 22 – Schumann (with John Lenehan on piano)
– Sonata in A Minor, Op. 7 – Smyth
– Romance in A Major, Op. 23 – Beach
– Invocation, Op. 55 – Beach
Beach, who was the first American woman to publish a symphony; Smyth, whose music became the anthem for the Suffragettes; and Clara Schumann who was overshadowed by her brother's prolific compositional output all have a chance to shine in this fresh choice of repertoire.