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2.0 out of 5 stars Michael Halász and the Failoni Orchestra's Schubert "Great" Symphony No.9, 25 Oct 2012
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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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Initial post: 10 Jan 2014 18:35:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2014 18:38:20 GMT
You are reviewing the wrong product! The product advertised here is Schubert's ninth symphony conducted by George Solti with the Vienna Philharmonic - along with Wagner's Siegried Idyll. It is unfortunate therefore that your two star rating should downgrade the average star rating of this cd thus giving a misleading impression to the casual eye.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 22:27:31 GMT
It's not me, honest! Sometimes reviews get moved around by amazon; I agree with your comment about the Solti recording, by the way!

Posted on 8 Jul 2014 19:21:13 BDT
No, the picture shows the artwork for Carlo Maria Giulini's 1993 Sony recording with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Yet another cataloguing shambles by Amazon.
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