A Collection of Old Vienna Dances/Schubert: Sym. No. 3
KHCD-2013-014FL (STEREO) A Collection of Old Vienna Dances: Music of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert and Lanner; Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D, D. 200 - Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Vaclav Neumann - In the time of the Viennese classics, the modern distinction between "serious" music and "entertainment" music had scarcely began to make itself felt. Serious music, for the most part, was entertaining, and entertainment music was taken seriously - by composers as well as listeners. This collection of "entertainment" music, four established masters and a lesser luminary, comes from a near-mint Nonesuch LP. Schubert's youthful Symphony No. 3 comes from the most fruitful period in that composers' career, and is melodically charming but not immature. It is given a carefully balanced and polished performance by the Czech Philharmonic led by its longtime music director Vaclav Neumann, derived from a clean Crossroads/Supraphon LP from 1967. Cover, tray and disc art are included in the download.