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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, May 2015

The Basel Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest in Switzerland…and Davies, now 70, has been music director since 2009. He gets poised, alert playing from them. There’s no great virtuosity on show but considerable charm, which counts for more in this music. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Steven Kruger
Fanfare, March 2015

…hearing these big, fresh-faced, live performances, replete with creamy winds and surging timpani to break up the texture, is a comfortable experience…

The Basel Symphony plays with real polish here. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, January 2015

These engaging live performances are superbly recorded. I look eagerly forward to the remaining symphonies in the set. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review, December 2014

…this ensemble performs these symphonies with lightness and elegance, and Dennis Russell Davies is firmly at the orchestra’s helm and thoroughly comfortable with the lilt and spirit of these early Schubert symphonies. The orchestra handles Davies’ emphases and tempo changes smoothly and with ease in both these works, and the live recording has an ebullience and, frequently, a joviality that makes the symphonies a joy to hear. © 2014 Read complete review

Classic FM, November 2014

The ensemble’s chief conductor since 2009, Dennis Russell Davies…approaches these works with an extraordinary lightness of touch where it is required, well-drilled precision in the serious moments, and a vivacious, over all sense of rhythm.

The engineers have captured a vivid and natural sound, allowing these polished performances to shine. © 2014 Classic FM Read complete review

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