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American Record Guide, December 2003

"This is an accomplished bunch of musicians, and they are more than adequate for these works, particularly with leadership as subtle, skillful, and dedicated as Georg Tintner's.

The opening horn solo is splendid, and the trumpets that announce the allegro are clear and strong. Tintner's tempos are moderate, and his presentation is lovingly shaped and amply relaxed...The Naxos DDD recording is loaded with detail, warmth, and presence. If a somewhat small-scaled performance appeals to you, you need not look further, for it is a finer performance of both 8 and 9 than anything offered by the "historically informed" crowd. There is also a four-minute track where Tintner's offers some explanatory remarks about Schubert's Unfinished."

Richard Perry
Ottawa Citizen

The second release in Naxos's 12-disc Tintner Memorial Edition is now available, and record collectors who have recognized the acuity and passion of this conductor's musical sensibility will no doubt wish to acquire these live concert tapings. On this CD, listeners will be able to hear not only Tintner's view on two sublime symphonic masterpieces by Schubert, but also his own voice introducing the "Unfinished" Symphony to the Halifax audience.

Tintner treats the war-horse, if not exactly as a steed for one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as a bearer of ominous foreboding. This is an extremely dark, probing vision of the "Unfinished," and one which clearly arises from deep within the conductor's own psyche. What makes Tintner a great leader is that the orchestra responds to and conveys the conductor's spiritual vision of the music. That is what great conductors do, and that is why we seek to hear their work in preference to safe readings by other baton wielders. This recording, taped on Dec. 12, 1990, and played by Symphony Nova Scotia in a manner that belies its provincial nature, may well change your view of the symphony and of Schubert; it will certainly alter the mood of your day...there is enough care and fine musicianship evident in this version of "The Great" symphony to provide much food for thought for many auditions.

This desirable Naxos disc will soon be followed by Volumes 3 and 4 in the Tintner Memorial Edition; these discs will feature Beethoven's Fourth Symphony coupled with Schumann's Fourth, and the last two symphonies of Haydn."

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