Robert Schumann discovered the manuscript in 1838, and it was premiered with Mendelssohn conducting the work on March 21, 1839.
Schubert began this symphony in 1825, when he was suffering most from cyclopthymia, a quick-moving form of manic-depression fueled by his wild and promiscuous lifestyle. A trip into the lakes and mountains of upper Austria inspired Schubert with its idyllic settings and wonderful landscapes, and shows up in this work. With this symphony, Schubert stands next to Beethoven and is able to come close to his genius. Although it is Romantic in its temperament, it has also been called the last great Classical Symphony. The motific formula used throughout reminds listeners of Beethovenís Fifth, yet the long, melodic phrases betray Schubertís genius in his Lied and vocal works.
This is an excellent modern recording of a monumental Romantic symphony.
Dr. Brad Eden
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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