Tempos are reasonable…The posthorn solo is very refined. This is a brassy movement, and Mr Schwarz knows how to get the best out of brass instruments. The soloist and choir are good…
The last movement…is the best here…I don’t think anyone can sustain tension the way Bernstein did. He was known for slow tempos, but when almost anyone else takes things so slow they fall apart. Not so here: it works…It builds nicely…[Schwarz] lets it accumulate just beautifully, and the climaxes are really good—well prepared for. I love this music so much that I am always overjoyed to hear it well played.
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