Essentials: Schubert’s ‘Great Symphony’

Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Schubert’s Symphony No. 9

Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Schubert’s Ninth Symphony, a grand architectural marvel.

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Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Schubert’s Ninth Symphony, a grand architectural marvel.

In the final months of his short life, Schubert’s boundless creative ambition resulted in a truly superlative symphony.

Concert programme

  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No. 9

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About this concert

The Essentials Series introduces you to the masterpieces every music lover should know, complete with a lively introduction by the incomparable Thomas Vanderveken. The young Russian conductor Maxim Emelyanychev leads Schubert’s Ninth Symphony, known as the ‘Great’ – and for good reason. In the hugely productive final months of his short life, Schubert’s boundless creative ambition resulted in a truly superlative symphony.

When Robert Schumann discovered the work in a drawer at Schubert’s brother’s house after the composer’s death, he exulted at its ‘heavenly length’. Indeed, it is a grand architectural marvel which builds on Beethoven, quoting his Ninth Symphony, yet also seems to prefigure Bruckner.