Symphony No 9 in C major, D 944, "The Great"
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828) was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Despite his short lifetime, Schubert left behind a vast oeuvre, including more than 600 secular vocal works (mainly lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of piano and chamber music. Appreciation of Schubert's music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of Western classical music and his music continues to be popular. His major works include the Trout Quintet, the Unfinished Symphony, the ”Great” Symphony, the three last piano sonatas, the incidental music to the play Rosamunde, and the song cycles Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise. (Wikipedia)