Schubert: Symphonies Nos 1-4 & 8

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COMPOSERS: Schubert
LABELS: Decca
WORKS: Symphonies Nos 1-4 & 8
PERFORMER: Israel Phil/Mehta
CATALOGUE NO: Decca 480 3291 (1977)

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Despite slick playing from the Israelis, Mehta’s Unfinished is rather ponderous. The weighty approach works most convincingly in theTragic Symphony, but elsewhere overlooks the music’s charm and grace. Erik Levi