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Zoltán Kocsis: Schubert - Symphony no. 9 D 944 'Great' - I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo

SCHUBERT, Franz

Symphony no. 9 in C major D 944 'Great'

I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo

 

Zoltán Kocsis, guest conductor

Orquesta Sinfónica Freixenet del Encuentro de Música de Santander

 

In this rehearsal, Maestro Kocsis emphasises the importance of harmony changes at the beginning. He focuses on the main cue of horns and then the Professor and the orchestra work on it. Later, there are some corrections on horn and oboe parts related to the phrasing. The 'marcato' on the score has a specific function in the phrasing, so it has to sound different to the echo, with much more contrast.
Referring to dynamics, in passages with crescendo it is necessary to achieve more intensity. He explains the connection between 'risoluto' and dynamics.
He comments that Bach preferred playing with the viola instead of with the violin in an orchestra.
The string section should pay attention to the 'sforzando', so they have to exaggerate a little to get a clear effect, and always sforzandi in the second beat. In some moments, Kocsis holds the orchestra to avoid rushing.