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5.0 out of 5 stars Unparalleled 9th, 24 Feb 2007
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F. R. Mannstaedt (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 "Italian"; Schubert: Symphony No. 9 "The Great" (Audio CD)
I have a nice collection of recordings of Schubert's 9th symphony and this recording ranks as the star of my collection. I recommend it highly: the orchestration is superb and Tennstedt captures the exact spirit of the symphony and conveys it with verve and intensity. The only recording I have which comes close is the '61 recording with Klemperer and Philharmonia Orchestra, which is however too fast for my taste (though my wife loves it :).

The '63 recording with Karl Böhm and Berliner Philharmoniker rates as "light entertainment" in comparison - it has not an ounce of the intensity and life of the Tennstedt recording. And listening to the the '67 recording of Wolfgang Sawallisch and Staatskapelle Dresden after hearing Tennstedt is an exercise in boredom - it is the most "dead" recording I have ever heard of this masterful piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb readings, 14 April 2014
This review is from: Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 "Italian"; Schubert: Symphony No. 9 "The Great" (Audio CD)
These remain two of the finest accounts of either symphony I've come across on recordings. The Schubert ninth is a rugged dramatic reading which has been overshadowed by other more famous accounts and yet it has a refreshing dramatic directness that I find compelling. The Italian Symphony is also given a direct and refreshing reading and the early digital sound is pretty good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb recordings!, 2 April 2006
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This review is from: Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 "Italian"; Schubert: Symphony No. 9 "The Great" (Audio CD)
Both symphonies superbly played in unmatched grandeur, grace and noble beauty. A MUST for Tennstedt fans!
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