Kees Bakels and the Bournemouth Symphony follow up their earlier issues with a superb coupling of No. 5, arguably the peak of the series and the very last Symphony, long underestimated, Drawing the most refined playing from the Bournemouth orchestra, not least the strings, he finds in a relatively direct reading an extra purity and nobility, pointing the big emotional climaxes of the first and third movements most tellingly. Speeds are on the fast side, but the visionary beauty is perfectly caught No. 9, with its original structure flouting convention, emerges strong and fresh, with the Andante tranquillo finale bringing echoes of the comparable movement of No. 6. Clear, refined recording to match.
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