Jul 28, 2010

Thielemann's view on Schubert's 9th

Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 9 in C major D944

Munchner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Christian Thielemann

Live Recording (Bayern 4)
Philharmonie am Gasteig, München
January 2006

I did not enjoy Thielemann's view, which I find heavy, solemn and military at times.
Schubert's madness is buried under a Spartan tempo, rigorous and inexpressive, and all the lightness the score often contains is hidden behind a lifeless and constrained performance that does not represent, for me, Schubert's music.