Review by SnaggS July 5, 2007 (6 of 16 found this review helpful)
Szell with Cocertgebouw-Orchester Amsterdam (1966). A different reading that Furtwangler or Karajan... slower... strings are sharper.. very tight, but sometimes sounds a little metronomic.. grandeur instead of running fear (Karajan) or brooding evil (Furtwangler). A dignified performance, and he does nail one moment with the reed instrument better than any.. I suspect he will come into his own in some the later movements.. we shall see?! Sound quality is great, best of all 3 so far. Im now 2/3's through, you would think I would have switched disks and prounounced it banal.. but for some reason I still really enjoy his more light-hearted interpretation.
Karajan 1, Furtwangler 2, Szell a different 3 and Ozawa BSO.. a lot lower..
I think he's in his element here... expressive wind section, slower pace, like Ozawa, but sounds totally different, he fills in all the gaps between music.. the COA makes large modulations in the strength of their playing.. and there is always one instrument in the orchestra which holds a faster paced thread to tie it all together. This performance is really in another league.
Final order.. Szell No.1, Furtwangler a good second.. a space... then Karajan.. and lastly Ozawa and the BSO.
Bought from HMV Japan.
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