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Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, September 2015

Clearly a labour of love, this winning reading combines glorious drama and deep compassion.

Recorded live in 2013…the sound team excels supplying clear and well balanced sonics. Engaging the listener from start to finish in this wonderful Schubert symphony the Sinfonieorchester Basel under Dennis Russell Davies plays splendidly and provides expressive warmth and lots of orchestral detail. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

James Miller
Fanfare, May 2014

The recording has been beautifully engineered—we get the sense of the large sonority, and yet the balance and detail are excellent. Every once in a while some hitherto obscure detail pokes through the sonority. It’s quite serendipitous…the effect, as presumably intended, is majestic. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, February 2014

Dennis Russell Davies leads his finely-mettled Basel Symphony Orchestra in a spirited follow-up to the earlier recording on their in-house label of Schubert’s “Unfinished” and Fifth Symphonies. This time, it’s the composer’s feature-length-plus Symphony in C Major.

The key to a successful performance, as Dennis Russell Davies knows very well, is to keep things moving evenly; employing sure, precise attack and phrasing, and avoiding the trap of getting ahead of oneself in the score through extremes in tempi. The big canvas is important here, not the small details that may get you critical kudos but will distract from the overall “cinemascope” impression. There are many gorgeous melodies in this work… © 2014 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Blair Sanderson, December 2013

Dennis Russell Davies and the Basel Symphony Orchestra deliver Franz Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony with the simple virtues of clear interpretation and alert, energetic playing, and they prove that not much more is needed to make this piece a success. …it is a perfectly refreshing and satisfying live performance that doesn’t need any gimmicks to get attention or communicate. Even the sound quality is excellent but ordinary, unfussy stereo, which is quite clean and warm for a live recording. Lacking any stylistic innovations or studio gimmicks, Davies nonetheless demonstrates that keeping the music simple and direct is more effective than following the lastest trends in authentic performance practice, especially in this resilient work. © 2013 Read complete review

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