15 Nov 2018

SCHUBERT: Symphony No 3 in D D200

From Music Alive, 8:00 pm on 15 November 2018

Schubert, at the age of 16, wrote this bright and cheerful symphony written for friends to play.

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Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Giordano Bellincampi.

Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert, about 1827 Photo: Franz Eybl, Public Domain

Schubert wrote nine symphonies, but it’s rare to hear any of the first four.

This one dates from 1815 when he was just 18, and like numbers one, two and four, it was written for a little private orchestra that Schubert played in, along with his father and brother, and that rehearsed in their home.

A slow and solemn introduction deceives us into thinking that this will be a serious piece; but on the contrary, the symphony is bright, breezy, cheerful, tuneful, optimistic, and sunny. If we’re honest, we might also say that it’s lightweight. But it’s none the worse for that. Not every piece of music has to be profound.

Recorded by RNZ Concert, Auckland Town Hall, 15 November 2018
Producer: Tim Dodd; Sound engineer: Adrian Hollay