Lucerne Festival Choir and Philharmonia Orchestra play Schubert

'An odd disc, though the contents are marvellous'

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5.0 out of 5 star rating 5.0

COMPOSERS: Schubert
LABELS: Praga Digitals
ALBUM TITLE: Schubert
WORKS: Schubert: Symphony No. 9; plus Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 – finale
PERFORMER: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Elsa Cavelti (mezzo-soprano), Ernst Haefliger (tenor), Otto Edelmann (baritone), Lucerne Festival Choir; Philharmonia/Wilhelm Fürtwangler
CATALOGUE NO: 350085 (hybrid CD/SACD) (1954)

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An odd disc, though the contents are marvellous. The studio Schubert No. 9 is acknowledged as a classic, but the last movement of his last performance of Beethoven’s Ninth makes a strange and unsatisfactory filler.

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Michael Tanner