The ‘Great C major’ has often been cited as the first of the big romantic symphonies and an open door leading to the Romantic era. We owe the belated emergence of this symphony, 11 years after Schubert’s death, to Schumann who described it as “a symphony for the benefit and enjoyment of the whole world.”
The Philharmonia Orchestra are widely recognised as the UK’s finest performers with an impressive recording legacy. The orchestra prides itself on collaborations with the finest musicians of our day including guest conductor Sir Charles MacKerras.
In an age of deodorised live recordings, this rough diamond document of that concert is thrilling… A miraculous work played with humour, wisdom and daring – The Independent on Sunday
This staggering recording… is the most remarkable recording of this elusive work since Furtwängler’s famous Berlin account in 1951 – BBC Music Magazine