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  • Orchestra: Budapest Failoni Orchestra
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (14 Feb 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000144C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944, "Great" (use): I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo16:20Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944, "Great" (use): II. Andante con moto14:22Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944, "Great" (use): III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace13:23Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944, "Great" (use): IV. Finale: Allegro vivace12:07Album Only

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Orchestre de chambre Failoni de Budapest - Michael Halasz, direction

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great C Major to Die for! 25 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my top favourites and surely the finest modern recording of this symphony. It prefigures Bruckner in many ways, evoking the mountains and woods of Austria in sunny mood most of the time. But there is often an underlying sadness, even anguish in the slow movement.The transitions are not always easy to bring off and the work eluded, by their own admission, conductors such as Toscanini and Karajan. One wouldn't want to be without Furtwängler's historic version but the present recording benefits from Decca's finest sound in the ideal acoustic of the Sofiensaal, Vienna, and the Vienna Philharmonic play with their ripest, richest and also most delicate tone.

Sir Georg's performance has all the excitement one would expect of him but it is also a deeply warm and committed performance. He manages the many transitions of tempo better than most rivals and brings out many details due to his careful balancing of the orchestra: there is a particularly magical moment in the slow movement when a violin pizzicato accompaniment runs across the orchestra, for all the world like drops of rain against a rainbow background.

There is a considerable bonus in the form of Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll", a heartfelt performance all the more cherishable because it is given in the original version for small orchestra, as played to Cosima on her birthday.
Very highly recommended: snap it up in case it should go out of the catalogue!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously Rich & Sublime Performance 14 Dec 2009
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a gloriously rich and sublime performance of Schubert's 9th, played with vibrant orchestral colours and noble beauty. Beautifully recorded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars its gets better 9 July 2013
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and l am never let down by his music and l accept the world is not the badness that is a part of our life
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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After several great recordings, particularly of the earlier symphonies, I'm afraid the late 1980s, early 1990s, Naxos Schubert symphony cycle with Michael Halász and, here, the Budapest-based Failoni Orchestra ends with a failure.

Tempos are rather awry in the first movement, and the Andante is dull, the Scherzo fine, but the finale limp. Whether Maestro Halász and the Failoni were bored rigid by this arguably overlong work is hard to say, but they don't seem at all engaged. The recording, per se, is very good.

Sadly, after so many successes, a disc to avoid, I'm afraid. There are many finer performances out there, from what is one of Solti's best recordings Symphony 9 " Great ", Mackerras Schubert: Symphony No 9 'The Great' /Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment · Mackerras, and Gardiner's second recording Symphony No.9 (Monteverdi Chr, Gardiner), to name but three.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Solti's most relaxed recordings ... 20 Oct 2000
By Ed Brickell - Published on
Format:Audio CD
... which isn't to say this superb version of one of mankind's greatest creative achievements isn't lacking in drama, or sharpness of attack. To quote Solti's comments from the booklet notes on the music, Schubert's Ninth should sound like "precision and gentleness achieved simultaneously." Passage after gorgeous passage rolls crisply but freely along like a mountain stream; and the famous Vienna band play their hearts out.
Stravinsky once quipped about a hard-driven Solti performance of a Mozart opera: "Mozart is poorer than that." But Solti, whose energetic interpretations can sound inappropriately rocket-fueled at times, is obviously in love with Schubert's Ninth and gives it the time and space it needs to breathe. And breathe it does. If you're looking for a modern instrument version of this great work that you can live with for a long time, this is a true classic. Warmly recorded by Decca's master sound mages. As a substantial bonus, it comes with a dreamy version of Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll."
The price is right; the performance is timeless. Go for it!
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece masterfully performed! 1 Aug 2000
By Mike Powers - Published on
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For me, it began slowly - a solo French horn playing a hauntingly beautiful, stately melody. This tune was repeated softly by the orchestra, with variations. It was then gradually assimilated by another slower, sweeter melody. Finally, the orchestra burst forth with joyful exuberance into the first movement's main theme, a dance-like allegro. For another 53 minutes and three additional movements, I sat enraptured as I listened to a wellspring of gorgeous melodies and musical themes pour forth from my stereo.
In this manner was I first introduced to Franz Schubert's greatest orchestral masterpiece - his Symphony No. 9 in C major, nicknamed the "Great" Symphony.
Schubert's Ninth Symphony, which lasts nearly one hour, is a masterpiece of gigantic proportions. The composer wrote it near the end of his short life (he was only 30 when he died.) The symphony was discovered by fellow composer Robert Schumann several years after Schubert's death. Schumann immediately recognized the composition for what it was: the singular masterwork of a pure genius.
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO), under the direction of the late Sir Georg Solti, offers a magnificent performance of this great work. Solti had a reputation for demanding crisp precision and fast tempi from the orchestras he conducted. The VPO and Solti do not disappoint with Schubert's Ninth. Tempi are uniformly faster than the other versions of this work that I've heard. The effect is to give the overall performance a warm, sunny disposition, even in the slower movements.
This performance of Schubert's "Great" Symphony has few, if any peers, from the standpoint of warmth, passion, and vitality. It is one of my personal favorites. This magnificent recording should not be missed by any classical music lover; I heartily recommend it as an essential addition to every classical music CD collection!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old style 25 Jan 2007
By Presbyteros - Published on
Format:Audio CD
For all of us looking for "the" performance, we can forget it. I recently bought a newer recording with "original" instruments, and it represents one way, and I can see what the conductor is doing. He sets a medium tempo in the first movement, and maintains it throughout.

I prefer Solti's more traditional style; slow intro, fast main section (a la Haydn). Schubert symphonies are much more classical than his lieder, and Solti plays it as a modern performance of a classical symphony.

And as for the venom being spilled around here (whew!), this simply represents another "way". I think Solti sees the piece as a whole, not unfolding in time. Solti's driving tempos inspire the orchestra to great heights. You have never heard the last movement violin triplets so light. The inner movements don't dawdle, and move with appealing drama. Unlike some older conductors, Solti takes all the repeats, which gives much pleasure. We cannot know what Schubert intended, but this is one "way" to do the piece, and a fine performance it is.

I will no doubt have another recording before I hit the last double bar, and considering the greatness of this piece, so should you.
25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A no brainer 8 Jun 2000
By dcreader - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is one of great Schubert recordings of all time, by most counts. The Penguin Guide and Gramaphone agrees that it is a first choice among Schubert's Ninth recordings. Newly remastered and at midprice makes it a simple decision.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Solti's best-loved recordings, and still a good listen 17 Sep 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
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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.
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