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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, March 2013

Who can fail to be enchanted by the spring-like freshness and innocence of those opening bars to Schubert’s Fifth Symphony, an artlessness that barely hints at the composer’s cleverness and sophistication in the pages to come?

If these early works by Schubert in modern instrument performances are to your taste, I can’t imagine them being done any better than they are here. Davies maintains lightness of texture and buoyancy of rhythm, shapes phrases with attention to dynamics and harmonic flow, scales back on string vibrato, and observes repeats. I don’t know what more one could ask…it’s a lovely recording and definitely recommended. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

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