HD-Vinyls 96/24 (DGG) Franz Schubert – Symphonies No. 5 & 6 (Maazel)

Almost a wonder to have found this 1st pressing in EX quality for 50 Cents on a flea market.

Rare repertoire from a major conductor in the early Sixties. Treading into prime Beecham territory, Maazel turns out to be terrific, full of energy and force but also delicate when called for, only lacking Beecham’s unique affability in this music. The Berliners play much better than Beecham’s post-war Royal Phil., however, I hear spontaneity and verve (admittedly, some movements, like the finale of the Fourth Sym., go at a breathless Presto). If Maazel had kept evolving, he would have replaced Guido Cantelli, whose propulsive neo-Tosanini style was close to this.

# Composer: Franz Schubert 
# Orchestra:  Berliner Philharmoniker
# Conductor: Lorin Maazel
# Vinyl (1961)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# ASIN: B0017MU68Q
# Size: 935 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF


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