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Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, January 2011

This album is available for streaming (from the Naxos Music Library—here) and download only. There need be no worries about the playing of the Canadian Youth Orchestra, but the opening of this performance is just too quiet and lacking exuberance to be competitive. True, the initial marking is langsam, schleppend, but Tintner just never gets underway properly, though the climactic outburst at the end is all the more effective for that, even a little too frenzied. I wasn’t surprised to find this Naxos recording almost two minutes longer overall than Kubelík, whose DG Original version remains my benchmark. The second movement is much better paced, but there are a few too many changes of gear. The last two movements also exhibit a tendency to sound episodic—not a serious matter, but Kubelík hides the joins much better.

The audience is remarkably quiet, apart from the (extended and enthusiastic) applause which follows the spirited finale. The mp3 sound is good…





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