Symphony No.9 in C major D.944 ('Great')
Franz Schubert


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The fifth of Schubert's 7 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This has appeared in every chart, peaking at number 82 in the first Hall of Fame in 1996.

Few Schubert fiends will disagree with this symphony's nickname. Nevertheless, it was applied originally in order simply to distinguish it from another of his symphonies, which was also in the key of C major. Schubert's Symphony No. 9 was referred to in his own letters as 'a grand symphony', and concert goers tend to agree that it is almost an hour of pure musical majesty.

Schubert at the Piano II by Gustav Klimt (1899).