15 Sep 2018

SCHUBERT: Symphony No 8 in B minor, Unfinished

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 15 September 2018

Franz Schubert made something of a habit of not finishing symphonies.

Hamish McKeich

Hamish McKeich Photo: Tracey Valerie

This is one of four symphonies where sections or whole movements were begun and then abandoned.  The two movements were composed in October 1822 at a time when the 25-year-old Schubert was enjoying his first tastes of success. The reason he laid the work aside are not clear.  Perhaps, as conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt is convinced, the piece remained unfinished because 'the form is perfect; there is nothing more to say'.

Recorded 15 September 2018, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Graham Kennedy

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