[ RCA / Sony Masters / 5 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Thursday 1 June 2017
This series from Sony offers cornerstones of the orchestral repertoire. In the late 1970s and early 80s, Günter Wand, one of the most revered interpreters of the Austro-German repertoire, recorded all the Schubert symphonies with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra. It is still a benchmark.
Reviewing the complete cycle, Gramophone singled out Wand's "Unfinished" as an example of "what makes great conducting … The whole performance is illuminated by [his] insights … The orchestra play beautifully and obviously understand their longtime conductor's every whim … No less wonderful is the performance of the Great C major, one of the finest on record."
Symphony No. 1 in D major, D82
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125
Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200
Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589
Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'
Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485
Incidental music to Rosamunde, D797: excerpts
Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'