The Symphonies Vol 1: Nos 1 - 4 & 8 "Unfinished"

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The Symphonies Vol 1: Nos 1 - 4 & 8 "Unfinished"
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

[ Decca SBS Australian Eloquence / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 1 July 2011

"Mehta secures neat, articulate, musically fluent performances from his Israeli orchestra and the Decca engineers reproduce them with admirable lucidity and absence of fuss"
(Gramophone on 4 & 8)

"Mehta directs a performance well inside the Viennese tradition … crisply pointed readings admirably suited to these youthful inspirations."
(Gramophone on No 3)

"Mehta secures neat, articulate, musically fluent performances from his Israeli orchestra and the Decca engineers reproduce them with admirable lucidity and absence of fuss"
(Gramophone on 4 & 8)

Between 1976 and 1978, Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra made recordings of the complete Schubert symphonies for Decca, as well as some of the incidental music for Rosamunde. Other than the Schumann symphonies, it was the only symphony cycle this tremendous Decca artist made for the label. The recordings were all made in the Mann Auditorium and were all produced by Ray Minshull, who, together with John Culshaw and Christopher Raeburn, worked extensively with Mehta during his exclusive Decca years. 29 April 2011 marks the 75th birthday of Zubin Mehta and this cycle is being issued as a homage to this great musician in his birthday year. Volume 1 contains the first four symphonies as well as the mighty Eighth, the 'Unfinished'.

Tracks:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, D82
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125
Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200
Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'
Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'