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  Schubert: Symphony No. 8, Rosamunde - Szell
  Schubert: Symphony No. 8 (9) in C major "The Great", Incidental Music to "Rosamunde"

Cleveland Orchestra
George Szell (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
  Single Layer
Recording type:
Recording info:
  SRGR763 in Japan.

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Review by madisonears March 12, 2008 (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Szell works his usual magic with this music, and it comes out sounding so right that one can almost hear past the recording. This is another one of those shallow and somewhat shrill 60's CBS creations, but SACD makes it at least listenable. The performances of the Symphony and Rosamunde are perfect. I compared this to, among others, the Living Stereo SACD issue of Munch's "Great". Although the LS has somewhat better, but nowhere near SOTA, sound, the Szell, to me, seems more true to Schubert's style, but with plenty of flair. Szell never seems to impose his own will on the music, but he always finds a way to make more of the composition than anyone else can. Szell puts all the accents in the right places and points the rhythms very naturally. The structure and power of Schubert's charming music is enhanced at every turn.

If only we could go back in time and take some digital recorders with us...

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Works: 2  

Franz Schubert - Rosamunde - Incidental Music, D. 797
Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 8 (9) in C major, D. 944 "Great"