Vital and efferencent and at the same pungent performance. Barenboim maintains the dramatic tension throughout the entire performance. The final Magnificat is full of radiance. This is a live performance and the DDD sound is very well balanced, focused, and spacious. The disc concludes with the Dante Sonata, improvisatory, impulsive and less than perfect in this execution. Overall this performance is highly dramatic and seems to me, at least for the performance of the Dante Symphony to be a riveting reference recording of this work.