SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 9 in C major, "Great", D. 944
Performed by: Juliane Banse soprano
Conductors: Kristóf Baráti, András Keller
Schubert, the lied poet, “the Prince of Song” – this is how his contemporaries paid their respects to the genius composer who died in 1828, signalling that many pieces of his almost unprecedentedly rich output of songs had become hugely popular even when Schubert’s works in other genres were not yet or only barely recognized or known. In the first half of the concluding concert of Schubert Day the internationally celebrated German soprano Juliane Banse performs a selection of the finest lieder of his oeuvre and at the same time of the genre as a whole, from The Trout to the Goethe-based Erlkönig. After the break there is the opportunity to hear one of the much-polished gems of the Concerto Budapest repertoire, the Symphony in C major, of “heavenly length”. The numbering of the work is still surrounded by contradictions, although the magnitude of which not a single person has ever questioned since Mendelssohn debuted it in Leipzig in 1839 at the posthumous premiere, encouraged by Schumann.