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Surprisingly Lame Performance
on 7 September 2009
I expected really powerful and moving reading by Bernstein, but what a disappointment! Two inner movements are just fine, but the outer movements that he gets completely wrong, with vulgar exaggeration and bizarre tempo fluctuation. The music is pulled from all directions and the lack of coherence weakens overall impact of the great symphony. The first movement is the worst.
If you've already got the great recordings by Karajan, Ormandy (RCA), Reiner, Martinon, Svetlanov, Solti, Mravinsky, Furtwangler (Cairo Live), Giulini (EMI) etc, there's no need to add this one to your collection.