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On September 4, 2011, we watched and listened to a DVD released by
Unitel which featured conductor Karl Bohm rehearsing Schubert’s “Great
C Major Symphony.” Taken from a rehearsal session with the Vienna
Symphony in 1966, it gives the viewer a “bird’s-eye” view of Bohm’s
meticulous, exacting standards.

I found it interesting that four trombones were used, as this is
a “classical” symphony dating from the mid-1820’s. This was the
first time I’d seen Karl Bohm in rehearsal, making this footage very
valuable.

The following day, September 5, 2011, we finished the remainder of the
disc, which contained more rehearsal footage, along with a performance
of the work. It was shot in the black and white, in the same room as the
rehearsal footage, minus a live audience. The camera work was quite
effective, with many interesting shots of the orchestra. While I mentioned
above that four trombones were used, upon closer examination, it appears
that all of the other winds were doubled. While I realize that this trend
was common many years ago, I question the wisdom of this performance
practice with this piece. At any rate, the Vienna Symphony performance
of Schubert’s “Great C Major Symphony,” under conductor Karl Bohm was
quite good.