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John Whitmore
MusicWeb International, July 2013

…this CD offers thoroughly decent versions of these two great Schubert symphonies at bargain price…This is excellent value for money and no one buying it on impulse will be disappointed. As bargain Ninths go this is certainly one of the best. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2012

Reissued as a highly popular coupling, the disc offers two of the most critically acclaimed Schubert recordings from the conductor, Michael Halász.  With very marked contrast in tempo between the two major thematic subjects, the opening movement of the Unfinished symphony is a purposeful statement played by the Slovak Philharmonic in a powerful Germanic manner, climatic moments expressed with rugged vigour. The second movement follows in a similar manner, the whole interpretation having a forthright feeling that comes in complete contrast with Halász’s Ninth symphony where we have a nicely paced and lightweight reading that I much admire. Probably fewer in numbers, the Failoni Orchestra offer a more transparent texture, the weighty moments of the outer movements never overstated. A welcome alternative to overstated performances, such as the one from Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, I much enjoy the scherzo that bounces along, its central trio more akin to a rustic Austrian dance, and is in complete contrast to an unhurried Andante. The dramatic opening to the finale sets the mood for a lively account, the orchestra providing a more unified sound than we often encounter, the brass never standing out from the general texture. Recorded in 1988 and 1994, the sound has the more generalised quality of that era, but is reliable, and at the modest price is one of the more attractive super-budget price releases of this coupling. © 2012 David’s Review Corner






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