April 06, 2023

First purely-orchestral Schubert recording by Marek Janowski and Dresdner Philharmonie

Pentatone releases Schubert Symphonies Unfinished & Great, together with Dresdner Philharmonie and Marek Janowski, in May 2023.

Schubert’s Symphonic Masterpieces, Played With Vitality And Intensity

Marek Janowski presents his first purely-orchestral Schubert recording, together with the Dresdner Philharmonie, performing the composer’s two final, groundbreaking and most famous symphonies. While the two movements of the “Unfinished” symphony in B Minor reach a level of perfection despite the work’s apparent incompleteness, Robert Schumann praised the “Great” symphony in C Major for its “heavenly length”. Janowski’s interpretation combines a sense of tradition with vitality and intensity.

Marek Janowski is one of the most celebrated conductors of our time. After having recorded Schubert songs in orchestrations by Reger and Webern with the tenor Christian Elsner in 2015, Janowski now adds this symphonic Schubert album to his impressive Pentatone discography, following complete recordings of Bruckner, Brahms and Beethoven’s symphonies, several works by Richard Strauss, as well as Wagner’s ten mature operas. He works together with the Dresdner Philharmonie, with whom he already released complete recordings of Beethoven’s Fidelio (2021), Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana (both 2020).

This new recording of Schubert symphonies also bears witness to the excellent cooperation between
the Dresden Philharmonic and its chief conductor Marek Janowski. It shows him once again as an
outstanding interpreter of Romantic repertoire and presents the special tonal and musical qualities of our orchestra. I am convinced that that these two great works will find a large audience in this recording and will have a permanent place in the traditional discography of the Dresden Philharmonic.

– Frauke Roth, General Manager of the Dresdner Philharmonie

Digital Release Date: 26 MAY 2023

Physical Release: MAY 2023

Released as 1 CD and in digital formats for streaming and high-resolution downloads.