Schubert: Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)

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LABELS: Decca Headline
WORKS: Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)
PERFORMER: Israel PO/Zubin Mehta
CATALOGUE NO: 433 630-2 ADD (1977/78)
These may not be the most adventurous nor the most insightful performances of these pieces, but they are good, solid readings. Mehta adopts steady tempi, and the general effect is finely crafted; despite the occasional aberration from the Israel Philharmonic’s woodwind section. The sound, which is a little too immediate in the Fifth Symphony, has more depth in the Unfinished. Nicholas Rast