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American Record Guide, November 2009

The Naxos [recording of Symphony No. 9]…is wonderful; light and cheerful, but somehow innocent and less ‘jaunty’—instead very musical and humorous, with no exaggeration and gorgeous sound and strings. The final march is very heady.

Penguin Guide, January 2009

Both in the hushed intensity of the lyrical passages and in the vigour and bite of Shostakovich’s violent Allegros Rahbari’s reading is most convincing, with dramatic tensions finely controlled in a spontaneous-sounding way. In No.9 Rahbari opts for a controversially slow Moderato second movement but sustains it well, and the outer movements are deliciously witty in their pointing. The playing of all sections is first rate, and the sound is full and brilliant. An outstandingly generous coupling makes this a most attractive issue, even with no allowance made for the very low price.


"In interpretative matters too the new recording can hold its head high."


" close to a totally truthful musical realisation of this astoundingly original score as we are ever likely to get."


"This Brussels orchestra can produce a huge and gorgeously colored sound."

Penguin Guide

"...this is a most attractive issue."

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