Noted Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado Makes His harmonia mundi Label Début

On his first recording for harmonia mundi, conductor Pablo Heras-Casado — whose conducting career encompasses the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically informed performance and cutting-edge contemporary scores — offers a fresh look at the symphonies of Franz Schubert. Leading the period-instrument Freiburger Barockorchester, Heras-Casado pairs the lighthearted Symphony No.3 of 1815, which ends with a Rossinian tarantella, with the darker Symphony No.4 "Tragic", written one year later and looking more towards Beethoven. Echoing the Fourth's subtitle, it is a sad fact that this symphony, like all his others, was never played in public in the composer's lifetime.  

In 2011, Pablo Heras-Casado began a close collaboration with the Freiburger Barockorchester. "We've clicked so well together," Mr. Heras-Casado told the New York Times. Phrasing and harmonic sensibility and polyphonic sense — all that background we have in common. So when we have a dialogue when rehearsing, we speak the same language." They toured extensively in 2012 and performed Schubert's Third Symphony at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart festival. New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini wrote, "The chemistry between the Freiburg players and Mr. Heras-Casado, who used no baton and led the two symphonies from memory, is real, as the naturalness and exuberance of the performances on Thursday made clear."




Gottfried von der Goltz, violin and director
Petra Müllejans, violin and director 

  • FEB 04: Washington, DC - Library of Congress
  • FEB 05: New York, NY - Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater, Lincoln Center
   Release Date: September 10, 2013

 Release Date: September 10, 2013