Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, D. 485
Australian Chamber Orchestra; Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor
1. I. Allegro
2. II. Andante con moto
3. III. Menuetto and Trio
4. IV. Allegro vivace

Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 (The Trout)
Denis Matthews, piano; Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet
5. I. Allegro vivace
6. II. Andante
7. III. Scherzo: Presto
8. IV. Andantino – Allegretto
9. V. Allegro giusto

Sonatina No. 1 in D Major for violin and piano, D. 384, Op. 137/1
Alexander Schneider, violin; Peter Serkin, piano
10. I. Allegro molto
11. II. Andante
12. III. Allegro vivace

Sonatina No. 2 in A Minor for violin and piano, D. 385, Op. 137/2
Alexander Schneider, violin; Peter Serkin, piano
13. I. Allegro moderato
14. II. Andante
15. III. Menuetto – Allegro, Trio
16. IV. Allegro

Sonatina No. 3 in G Minor for violin and piano, D. 408, Op. 137/3
Alexander Schneider, violin; Peter Serkin, piano
17. I. Allegro giusto
18. II. Andante
19. III. Menuetto, Trio
20. IV. Allegro moderato

Incidental Music for “Rosamunde, Fürsten von Cypern” 
Netania Davrath; University of Utah Chorus;

Utah Symphony Orchestra; Maurice Abravanel, conductor
21. I. Overture
22. II. Entr’acte No. 1 – Allegro molto moderato
23. III. Ballet Music 1 – Allegro moderato; Andante un poco assai
24. IV. Entr’acte No. 2 – Andante
25. V. Romance, Der vollmond strahlt
26. VI. Geisterchor
27. VII. Entr’acte No. 3 – Andantino
28. VIII. Hirtenmelodien (Shepherd’s Melody)
29. IX. Hirtenchor, (Shepherd’s Chorus)
30. X. Jagerchor (Hunting Chorus)
31. XI. Ballet Music II – Andantino

String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden”
Musical Arts Quartet
32. I. Allegro
33. II. Andante con moto
34. III. Scherzo
35. IV. Presto

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, D. 574, Op. 162
Alexander Schneider, violin; Peter Serkin, piano
36. I. Allegro moderato
37. II. Scherzo
38. III. Andantino
39. IV. Allegro vivace

40. Rondo for violin and piano in B Minor

“Rondeau Brilliante,” D. 895, Op. 70
Alexander Schneider, violin; Peter Serkin, piano

Elly Ameling; Rudolf Jansen, piano
41. Im Fruhling, D. 882 “Still sitz ich”
42. Frulingsglaube, D. 686, “Die linden Lufte”
43. Erlafsee, D. 586 “Mir ist so wohl, so weh
44. Der Schmetterling, D. 633 “Wie sol lich n.icht tanzen”
45. An den Mond, D. 259 “Fullest wieder Busch und Tal”
46. An den Mond, D. 193 “Geuss, lieber Mond”
47. Der Einsame, D. 800 “Wenn meine Grillen schwirren”
48. An die Entfernte, D. 765 “So hab ich wirklich dich verloren”
49. An Sylvia, D. 891 “Was is Sylvia”
50. Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D. 774 “Mitten im Schimmer”
51. Heimliches Lieben, D. 922 “O du, wenn diene LIppen mich beruhren”
52. Suleika I, D. 720 “Was bedeutet die Bewegung?”
53. Die junge Nonne, D. 828 “Wie braust durch die Wipfel”
54. Iphigenia, D. 573 “Bluhet den hier an Tauris Strande”
55. Ganymed, D. 544 “Wie im Morgenglanze”
56. Die Gotter Griechenlands, D. 677 “Schone Welt, wo bist du?”
57. Der Musensohn, D. 764, “Durch Feld und Wald zu schwiefen”
58. Die Blumensprache, D. 519 “Es deuten die Blumen”

“Gastein” Symphony in C Major 
Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Felix Prohaska, conductor
59. I. Allegro moderato
60. II. Andante con moto
61. III. Scherzo
62. IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Impromptus, D. 899, Op. 90
Lili Kraus, piano
63. No. 1 in C Minor: Allegro moldo moderato
64. No. 2 in E-flat Major: Allegro
65. No. 3 in G-flat Major: Andante
66. No. 4 in A-flat Major: Allegretto

Impromptus, D. 935, Op. 142
Lili Kraus, piano
67. No. 1 in F Minor: Allegro moderato
68. No. 2 in A-flat Major: Allegretto
69. No. 3 in B-flat Major: Andante with Variations
70. No. 4 in F Minor: Allegro scherzando

Symphony No. 6 in C Major “Little C Major,” D. 589
Australian Chamber Orchestra; Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor
71. I. Adagio – Allegro
72. II. Andante
73. III. Scherzo: Presto; Trio: Piu lento
74. IV. Allegro moderato

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D. 845, Op. 42
Lili Kraus, piano
75. I. Moderato
76. II. Andante poco mosso
77. III. Scherzo – Allegro vivace
78. IV. Rondo – Allegro vivace

Piano Sonata No. 13 in A Major, D. 664, Op. 120
Lili Kraus, piano
79. I. Allegro moderato
80. II. Andante
81. III. Allegro

Symphony No. 7 in E Major
Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Franz Litschauer, conductor
82. I. Adagio ma non troppo – Allegro
83. II. Andante
84. III. Scherzo: Allegro deciso
85. IV. Allegro vivace

Piano Sonata No. 15 in C Major, D. 840, “Unfinished”
Alfred Brendel, piano
86. I. Moderato
87. II. Andante

German Dances, Op. 33, D. 783
Alfred Brendel, piano
88. No. 1
89. No. 2
90. No. 3
91. No. 4
92. No. 5
93. No. 7
94. No. 8
95. No. 13
96. No. 14
97. No. 9
98. No. 10
99. No. 11
100. No. 12
101. No. 15
102. No. 16
103. No. 6

Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 “Unfinished”
Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Felix Prohaska, conductor
104. I. Allegro moderato
105. II. Andante con moto

Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944
Carl Schurich, conductor
106. I. Andante – Allegro ma non troppo – Piu Moto
107. II. Andante con moto in A Minor
108. III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace. Trio in C Major/A Major
109. IV. Finale. Allegro vivace

Fantasy in C Major, D. 760, Op. 15 “Wanderer”
Lili Kraus, piano
110. I. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
111. II. Adagio
112. III. Presto
113. IV. Allegro

Piano Sonata No. 20, D. 959
Bruce Hungerford, piano
114. I. Allegro
115. II. Andantino
116. III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
117. IV. Rondo. Allegretto

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D. 958
Alfred Brendel, piano
118. I. Allegro
119. II. Adagio
120. III. Menuetto-Trio (Allegro)
121. IV. Allegro

String Quintet in C Major, D. 956. Op. 163
Ani Kavafian, violin; Ida Kavafian, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Fred Sherry, cello
122. I. Allegro ma non troppo
123. II. Adagio
124. III. Scherzo (Presto) – Trio (Allegro sostenuto) – Scherzo
125. IV. Allegretto – Piu allegro – Piu presto

126. Quartetsatz in C Minor, D. 703 – Allegro assai
Ani Kavafian, violin; Ida Kavafian, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Fred Sherry, cello

Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960 Op. Posth.
Lili Kraus, piano
127. I. Molto moderato
128. II. Andante sostenuto
129. III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza
130. IV. Allegro, ma non troppo


The Big Schubert Box marks our 15th Big Box.

This Schubert collection shows the love of Vienna that runs through the Bach Guild as a label, and as a business.  The Bach Guild made its first recordings in Vienna, where musicians could be had for food (quite literally), and Americans were there with some money to capture a musical scene that was propelled by the access to new scholarship that was limited by world wars.

This box actually comes as something of a surprise – the strong amount of Schubert in the Bach Guild catalog snuck up on us. 14 hours of Schubert, and we didn’t know we had it. And we’ve not included works recorded twice (Trout Quintet, Wanderer Fantasy) or short encores.

You’ll find a tremendous focus on the orchestral works and the solo piano works in this collection. There’s just a spare amount of chamber music – perhaps reflecting the marketplace more than the A&R direction of the label.  And just a nice tasty recital of Schubert songs.  Just enough to make us wish for more, but, ‘tis not to be.

So here are the highlights and some additional information that we can provide you:

  1. This collection includes two rarely recorded symphonic works, and they provide debate, as well as offer you some new and hard to find recorded experiences. Symphony No. 7 was essentially completed by Schubert in sketch form, but he only orchestrated a portion of it. Three versions exist of a fully orchestrated version, the version in this box is the Felix Weingartner version. Our detective work shows there is perhaps only one other recording of this version currently available, and this release marks the first time this recording has been available in fifty years.
  2. The other mysterious Schubert symphony included in this collection is the orchestration of the Grand Duo sonata by Joseph Joachim. The original release on LP of this performance referred to this work as the “Gastein” symphony, but more recent scholarship has shown the ephemeral “Gastein” to be simply Schubert’s 9th symphony and not some other “Planet X” type work floating just out of view. Again – we could only find one other recording of this work, and again, this title has been out of print since the early 1960s.
  3. As for the other goodies that see the light of day after decades of dormancy, we are offering some digital debuts: Bruce Hungerford performing Schubert’s Sonata No. 20, and Lili Kraus’s performances of the Piano Sonata D.960 and the “Wanderer” Fantasy, Sir Charles Mackerras’ fine performances of Symphonies No. 5 & 6, the complete incidental music from Rosamunde with Netania Devrath, an hour long live Schubert recital from Elly Ameling and finally, Peter Serkin and Alexander Schneider’s complete recordings of the Sonatinas and Rondo Brillante. None of these recordings has been available for digital download and most of them have been out of print on any format for over a decade.
  4. In the “not seen in half a century” category, there are performances of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony with Vienna State Opera Orchestra, as well as a lovely performance of the “Trout” Quintet with Denis Matthews and the Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet.
  5. We’re also pleased to mention that this box contains absolutely no duplicated material from any other Big Box that we’ve released – 14 hours of original material.
  6. And a discovery we’re sad that we can’t release here but we will at some point – in the research for this recording, we discovered 20 minutes of Bruce Hungerford performing light piano works of Schubert, a healthy dose of dances, eccossaises and landler. However, the performer either had a “gimmick” where he performed all 12 works without stopping, or someone edited these works so they could make it on the end of some album at some point. We’re going to have to break all of these works apart, and that will take time. But we hope to have a Bruce Hungerford set to announce at some point – and now we know it will contain an LP side of Schubert, never before released.

We’ve tried to address the issue some of you have had with tracks being shortened and then appearing in the first two seconds of the following track. We believe we have solved that problem, and the tracks in this collection should be in complete compliance.

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