For the third volume in their cycle of Schubert’s symphonies, Edward Gardner and the CBSO turn to the first and fourth symphonies. Composed in 1813, when Schubert was just sixteen, the First Symphony admirably demonstrates the young composer’s grasp of symphonic form and technique, and whilst the influences of Haydn, Mozart and early Beethoven are clearly audible, the spirit of Schubert’s own distinctive voice is certainly in evidence.

Composed three years later, in 1816, the ‘Tragic’ Fourth Symphony is scored for larger forces and is much more ambitious in outlook – Schubert seemingly anxious to create a more substantial work. He took more trouble to unify his thematic material across the four movements, and the symphony is clearly closer to the style of his later works. The Overture to his opera Fierrabras completes the album, which was recorded in Birmingham Town Hall. Recorded in Surround Sound, the album is available as a hybrid SACD and in spatial audio

About Schubert: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - Nos 1 and 4 'Tragic'; Overture to Fierrabras


Edward Gardner, conductor
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra


Schubert Symphony No. 1 in D major
Schubert Symphony No. 4 in C Minor "Tragic"
Schubert Overture to "Fierrabras", Op. 76

5 Stars

“… The excellent well-recorded performance highlights great tonal colouring... Moments of excitement throughout with attractive, warm, agile playing from the CBSO.”

Andrew Palmer, The Yorkshire Times 2023

Release Date: 14 April 2023
Record Label: Chandos
Duration: 67 minutes