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James Miller
Fanfare, January 2020

I prepared for this review by attempting to establish a context for the Jansons “Spring” Symphony recording. I compared it with several other recordings in my collection. I must have at least a dozen—specifically Bernstein 2, Szell, Thielemann 1 and 2, Kubelík 1, and my narrow favorite, that of Peter Maag. To my surprise, the Jansons was such a pleasure that it fell just short of the Maag, whose relatively lighter texture and supple rhythm still pleases me.

…I prefer to hear a smaller ensemble perform Schubert’s first six symphonies, Jansons nearly neutralizes that issue with a lively, incisive, well-articulated performance of the Third. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review

Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2019

…Jansons brings all the virtues…and for a beautifully recorded and played account, this is a fine choice… © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, September 2019

Under Jansons, the Bavarian orchestra provide assured and committed performance that brings a near-intoxicating sense of joy. Overall the playing has elegance and is often beautiful…

Jansons recorded both symphonies at separate live concerts in the Herkulessaal, Munich, the renowned rectangular shaped recording venue. Both performances are well recorded, being clear and impressively balanced. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Donald R. Vroon
American Record Guide, September 2019

The Schubert is pretty good. It’s a full-sounding orchestra with moderate tempos. Yes, II and III are faster than Beecham, but not recklessly so. And the trio portions of each are slower, as they should be. The wind soloists are good.

The conducting is careful, the tempos good, the orchestra excellent, the sound fine. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

BBC Music Magazine, September 2019

The Allegretto second movement is really lovely: well-shaped and delicately expressive, with those wonderfully relaxed outdoor moments where popular music seems to walk straight in from the streets and fields nicely judged. © 2019 BBC Music Magazine

Michael Wilkinson
MusicWeb International, August 2019

In this performance of the first symphony, Jansons provides us with a measured but always poetic account. Like Klemperer he uses always divided strings, which benefits the textures enormously (it is good to see younger conductors who have reverted to this layout).

There can be no hesitation about the merits of Schubert’s Third Symphony. It is good to hear it performed at all—Schubert did write more symphonies than Nos. 5, 8 and 9—and it is a delightful work with so many telling details, splendidly realised by Jansons—as fine a performance as I have heard.

The sense of live performance is well captured. Orchestral playing is first-rate… © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, August 2019

Jansons leads the BRSO in a spirited performance with many highlights. He tempers the almost obsessive impact of the fanfare and the main themes in the opening movement, and stresses a formal development which ends in a curious coda. Annotator Egon Voss terms this coda “a foreign body” in terms of the form of a traditional symphony, but one that seems immensely satisfying. © 2019 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

David Threasher
Gramophone, July 2019

Jansons couples the Spring with Schubert’s Third Symphony, full of perky charm and with a finale that ticks and purrs like a sedan from the city’s Motor Works. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, June 2019

The two orchestral works on this new CD reflect early experiments with the symphonic form by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann, who would both later become such important Romantic composers. © 2019 My Classical Notes Read complete review

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