Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished); Symphony No. 9 in C (Great)

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COMPOSERS: Schubert
LABELS: Telarc Bravo
WORKS: Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished); Symphony No. 9 in C (Great)
PERFORMER: Cleveland Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnányi
CATALOGUE NO: CD-82008 DDD (1982)
Chrome-plated performances, glossing over the angst of the Unfinished and missing the rugged grandeur and rhythmic tension of the Great C major. Dohnányi’s coolly impersonal view is unmemorable, his tiresomely mannered point-making in the Unfinished (pulling up before climaxes and cadences) depriving the music of thrust, line and style. No exposition repeats. Bland sound, the brass in particular lacking bite. Not in the epic class of Szell’s Cleveland Schubert (Sony). Ates Orga

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