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Unfinished Symphonies

Schubert wasn’t the only composer who passed from this earth with an incomplete symphony on his shelf. Elgar, Mahler, Bruckner and other symphonists left fantastic but tantalizingly unfinished music that we’ll explore this week.

 
Program 1

On Monday, we begin our tour of this fragmentary form not with Schubert's most famous unfinished symphonies, but with his least.

Franz Schubert/Brian Newbould: Symphony In D, D. 615, I
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Neville Marriner
Phil 412176
4:15
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Schubert/Newbould: Symphonic Fragments, D. 708A, I & III
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Marriner
Phil 412176
2:55, 8:13
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Schubert/Newbould: Symphony #7 In E, D. 729 
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Marriner
Phil 412176
19:33, 14:48
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Program 2

On Tuesday, we explore, among other things, the classic "Unfinished Symphony" a work some musicologists argue Schubert purposefully left incomplete.

Franz Schubert: Symphony #8 In B Minor, D. 759, Unfinished, I (excerpt) & II (excerpt)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Carlos Kleiber
DG 449745
10:42, 1:18
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Schubert/Newbould: Symphony #8 In B Minor, D. 759, Unfinished, III & IV 
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Neville Marriner
Phil 412590
13:35
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Schubert/Newbould: Symphony #10 In D, D. 936A, I-III 
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Neville Marriner
Phil 412591
27:28
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Program 3

On Wednesday we explore Anton Bruckner's ninth symphony, a composition that took nine years to compose, and still remaines unfinished!

Anton Bruckner: Symphony #9 In D Minor, WAB 109, III
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
Phil 410039
24:43
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Bruckner: Symphony #9 In D Minor, WAB 109, IV
Bruckner Orchester Linz/Kurt Eichhorn
Camerata 15002
30:11
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Program 4

On Thursday, we listen to a love-letter Mahler wrote to his wife: his 10th Symphony.

Gustav Mahler/Deryck Cooke: Excerpts from Cooke’s 1960 BBC lecture on Mahler’s 10th Symphony
Testament 1457
3:23
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Mahler: Symphony No. 10, I (excerpt)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
Sony 67874
9:43
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Gustav Mahler/Deryck Cooke: Excerpts from Cooke’s 1960 BBC lecture on Mahler’s 10th Symphony
Testament 1457
2:30
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Mahler/Cooke: Symphony No. 10, IV & V
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
Sony 67874
33:03
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Program 5

On Friday, we browse the 130 pages of sketches that made up Elgar’s 3rd Symphony.

Elgar/Payne: Symphony No. 3, I (excerpt), II, III, IV
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Davis; Payne, nar.
NMC D052/053
4:47, 9:39, 15:16, 14:37
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Elgar/Payne: Sketches from Symphony No. 3
Robert Gibbs, v.; David Owen Norris, p.
NMC D052/053
:55, :14
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P.D.Q. Bach/Peter Schickele: Unbegun Symphony (excerpt)
Royal P.D.Q. Bach Festival Orchestra/Jorge Mester
Van 79223
7:38
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