Schubert: Symphony No 5; Brahms: Serenade No 2

Schubert's Symphony No 5 is a true masterpiece of Mozartean classicism, its orchestra pared down from the relative excesses of the 'Tragic' No 4 (written earlier the same year—Schubert was just nineteen) in a manner which proved profoundly liberating for its composer. Brahms, similarly, took a step back in his Serenade No 2, a work that is symphonic in scale but in the guise of a classical divertimento. Both works are perfectly suited to the forces of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

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