July 13, 2021

Schubert: Symphonies 4 & 5 – B’Rock Orchestra, René Jacobs

We would like to announce that in addition to the already presented albums of Haydn: L’isola disabitata and Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie in August, PENTATONE will release Schubert: Symphonies 4 & 5 with B’Rock Orchestra and René Jacobs.

Tragic and Light Symphonies from A Heavy Soul

Multiple prize-winning conductor René Jacobs and the B’Rock Orchestra present the third instalment of their Schubert cycle on PENTATONE with a recording of the composer’s Fourth and Fifth Symphonies. Just as with the Second and Third, Jacobs approaches these works as a symphonic pair, revealing contrasting aspects of Schubert’s personality and compositional approach. The Fourth is Schubert’s first symphony in a minor key and adumbrates a totally new harmonic worldview that Dvořák associated with Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. On the contrary, the Fifth sounds Mozartian and cheerful, although that light-heartedness is only an appearance, as is so often the case in Schubert’s music. In the composer’s words, “too light a mind usually harbours a heart that is too heavy!” Looking closer beneath the surface, the cross-relations between the “Tragic” Fourth and “lighter” Fifth become all the more evident.

Photo by Molina Visuals

This album will be released as 1 CD and in digital formats for streaming and high-resolution downloads.