Zinman’s Schubert

Schubert: Unfinished Symphony

I suspect that my love for the music of Franz Schubert stems from the fact that my mother (Z/L) was an amateur singer, and she may well have sung Schubert Lieder to my sister and me when we were young kids. I actually own a Schubert score of songs for voice and piano that she used. Then the War came in the 1930’s and there was no more time for singing…

I love all of Schubert’s music. Here’s a man who died at age 31, and he left us more than 600 songs, as well as amazing chamber music, symphonies, sonatas, and wonderful piano works.

On this CD we get to sample the following:


  • Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 ‘Unfinished’
  • Rondo for violin and strings in A major, D438
  • Konzertstück (for Violin and Orchestra) in D major, D345
  • Polonaise in B flat major, D580

Performed by the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, conducted by David Zinman

One really needs to take the time to actively listen to the Symphony #8. This is not “background music”. It is a profound statement of who Schubert was as an artist, and of the tragedy that came to his lonely life.

Here is David Zinman, talking and performing Schubert’s music; the orchestral performance starts at 06:04… Enjoy…




Tags: Schubert, David Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich

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