Solti calmed down enough not to ride roughshod over the Schubert Ninth, and this was enough to send British critics into rhapsodies--the Gramophone and Penguin Guide both put this Schubert Ninth near the top of their list (the same reviewer wrote both critiques). But it's still Solti, and coming to this CD from the outside, it's hard to believe that he could have much feeling for Schubert's mystery and humnity, his good humor and ineffable innocence, even though the Vienna Phil. is to the manner born.
With somewhat too bright sonics from Decca (tamed in this remastering), this reading does avoid being too hard-driven and angular in its contours -- the Andante of the opening movement tends, if anything, to sag a bit. Solti bites into the Scherzo too hard, but not seriuosly. The best movement is the finale, played with panache and brio by the orchestra and kept well proportioned by Solti. Only the lyrical second subject loses momentum.
Overall, the reading is very good, but lots of other conductors, including Klemperer, Bernstein, Sinopoli, Furtwangler, and Giulini, have done much better. However, this CD has one great selling point. The Siegfried Idyll that serves as a filler is quite magical, one of Solti's very best efforts.