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Malcolm Hayes
Classic FM, January 2009

Solti's way with Beethoven's First Symphony, recorded at a Prom in 1978, is a crisp, classical pleasure—engaging, unexaggerated, quite different from his often turbocharged manner and securing a stellar contribution from this exceptional orchestra (plus the warmest audience response to match). The two Schubert performances, given at home in Chicago, aren't quite in this league: the Sixth Symphony is an unremarkable work that even these players can't do much with. The 'Unfinished' here misses the kind of Schubertian grace that's needed, although Solti does convincingly bring out the music's darkness and drama.






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