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Lee Passarella
Audiophile Audition, July 2013

The Bavarian orchestra plays with expected fervor but with great discipline as well…the recordings are quite good. There are a number of fine recordings of the eight Schubert symphonies available; I now count Maazel’s among them. © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Andy Fawcett
Audiophilia, July 2013

With a 60-year conducting career behind him, Lorin Maazel is one of the most esteemed figures in the old guard and he and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra launch into these works as if their lives depended upon it! They are delivered in a pacy, exciting and hugely engaging set of live performances from 2001…which let me enjoy the early symphonies, particularly, more than I have in the past. The recordings are consistently good; spacious and with tremendous bottom-end power…All in all, a perfect opportunity to kill eight birds with one stone! © 2013 Audiophilia Read complete review

Donald R Vroon
American Record Guide, July 2013

It’s a pretty good set with gorgeous playing and sound, and Maazel is never perverse in these symphonies…this is certainly worth considering. And there are not many complete sets—and to get them all on three discs is rare. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Ralph Moore
MusicWeb International, May 2013

…these are beautifully played performances, demonstrating that Maazel is a deft, alert and flexible Schubertian. The woodwind and horns are especially grateful on the ear…All sections of the orchestra are very well balanced.

There is much to enjoy here and this makes an excellent complete edition… © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review, May 2013

…the music of Schubert…is very attractive indeed—tuneful, often bright, and beautifully flowing. Maazel proves to have an excellent way with these works…the orchestra plays all these works splendidly, and the set as a whole showcases the skill and beauty that Schubert…brought to the symphonic form. © 2013 Read complete review

Stephen Smoliar, March 2013

I am…happy to report that Maazel’s idea of joyousness fits the youthful Schubert like a glove. When the music is performed with that necessary light touch, the listener quickly realizes that young Schubert was as capable of startling invention in his management of melodic lines and harmonic progressions as was the more mature composer, so imaginatively prolific in the final year of his life. At the same time Maazel has definitely invested both D. 759 and D. 944 with an entirely suitable rhetorical tone. D. 944 emerges as a perfect example of what Robert Schumann called Schubert’s “heavenly length” at its most heavenly; and there is something almost diabolic in the dynamo-like qualities with which Maazel drives the final Allegro vivace movement to its stunning conclusion.

…the full set provides a decidedly valuable perspective on Schubert’s creativity; and Maazel has emerged as just the right conductor to establish that perspective. © 2013 Read complete review

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