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  • Orchestra: Budapest Failoni Orchestra
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (23 Feb. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000144A
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Budapest Failoni Chamber Orchestra - Michael Halasz, direction

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I would say that this is probably the finest installment in the generally very good-to-excellent cycle of Schubert symphonies Michael Halász recorded with either the Budapest-based Failoni Orchestra or the Slovak Philharmonic for Naxos in the late 1980s and early 1990s. As the 1999 "Penguin Guide" said:-

"These are delightful performances, fully capturing the innocent charm of these youthful symphonies. The Failoni strings play with airy grace and the woodwind bring a similar delicacy of colour to their solos and gentle chording. Michael Halász is most sensitive and in the Allegretto second movement of No.3 - Schubert at his most endearingly ingenious - the conductor's style is Beechmesque in its affectionate elecance. The economy of Schubert's scoring means that the resonant acoustic affects the clarity of the tuttis only marginally and it certainly lends an attractive bloom to the proceedings."

In sum, and excellent disc and a true bargain - highly recommended!
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HASH(0x9e502654) out of 5 stars Naxos provides a great budget recording of Schubert 3 and 6 7 Dec. 2005
By Alan Majeska - Published on
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Naxos provides a great budget recording of Schubert Symphonies 3 and 6 with the Failoni Chamber Orchestra under Michael Halasz.

The recording job is warm, clear and natural, and strings and winds have nice impact when needed in these smaller scaled, more Classical works of Schubert.

There are other recordings of these works, especially Beecham/Royal Philharmonic (EMI), which are the best on disc, and unlikely to ever be surpassed. Halasz won't erase memories of Beecham, but he is very good and doesn't rush through important moments or passages, especially in the slow movements. The Failoni, a Budapest ensemble, are very fine, and serve Schubert's music very well.

The big difference between this and Beecham is the size of the orchestra: the Failoni are a large chamber orchestra, and smaller than Beecham's Royal Philharmonic. But Halasz takes more repeats, and his Minuets are faster paced than Beecham's. (Some listeners dislike this practice, to others it does not matter.) Halasz, however, is MUCH TO BE PREFERRED over Goodman/Hanover Band (Nimbus - period instruments) and Abbado/Chamber Orchestra of Europe (DG - modern instruments). You really cannot go wrong with Halasz, unless you MUST have Beecham; better yet: buy both discs!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3b1ef4) out of 5 stars Delightful CD of Schubert Symphonies 3 and 6 23 April 2007
By JohnL - Published on
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These certainly are not "dull", or "flat" renditions of two of Schubert's Symphonies, as suggested by the previous reviewer. I do agree that they are nicely played, however there is no lack of charm and emotion. Of course, especially in the Third Symphony, there is not a great deal of ingenuity and depth. But, after all, Franz was still only a teenager. It is a light, sparkling work in the sunny key of D Major. The strings play with grace, and the woodwind players provide delicate color. The resonant acoustic is not overly so, thus the result is attractive. Schubert's 'Little' C Major Symphony, No.6, was completed less than three years after his Third. Schubert was now about 20 years old. His previous Symphony, No.5, is considered a masterpiece of his early years, as he temporarily stopped emulating Beethoven, creating a very cheerful, happy work. But alas, by this time period Rossini was the rage across Europe, and Schubert went back to partially emulating the great Italian opera composer, and, once again, Beethoven. Some good forward strides were made though by Schubert in this Symphony. The result is a somewhat uneven work, but still with much to be enjoyed. In some ways hints of the greatness that he finally achieved in his "Unfinished" (numbered 8) and the aptly named "Great C Major", No.9, are found in this Sixth Symphony. Once again, there is no lack of freshness and life in the playing and performance of this work on this CD. The Penguin Guide gave this a 3-star review ("outstanding"), and this is arguably the best of the Schubert cycle on Naxos, conducted by Michael Halasz. Warmly recommended.
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HASH(0x9ed82d38) out of 5 stars Well played but dull 4 Jan. 2007
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These performances of Schubert 3 and 6 are extremely well played but flat as a pancake. One of the problems with studio recordings is that conductors are too concerned with technical perfection and forget about the spirit of the music. There is little charm here and even less passion. I bought this CD because the same conductor and orchestra made a superlative recording of Schubert 1 and 2. Unfortunately, the spirit and passion of that CD is totally missing here. I would avoid this CD.
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