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James A. Altena
Fanfare, May 2015

…this performance is one I have always liked and regarded as among the best to appear on film. …Masur has the good sense to play everything straight and let the score speak for itself. Textures are well balanced and clear; rhythms, such as the all-important dotted eighth/16th note motif in the scherzo, are crisply defined. Naturally the orchestra and choruses are thrice familiar with the work, and play and sing with naturalness and precision; the solo quartet is of a high caliber and well matched vocally, with Gwynne Howell being a subtly dominant presence. The video quality is greatly improved from the original release, with much sharper resolution at every level. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review





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