Schubert: Symphony No. 9
“The music is allowed to unfold seemingly without effort, but always with dramatic focus” Classic FM
Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in October 2015, as part of the Orchestra’s 70th anniversary season, this performance is conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi, the Philharmonia’s Honorary Conductor for Life. Dohnányi captures the grandeur and intensity of Schubert’s final and greatest symphony.
Classical Source commented about the performance: “…Schubert 9 was altogether special. It couldn’t have started better with Neil Black and Kira Doherty as a dream duo of horn-players. They launched a performance that was at once forward-moving but not rushed, and meticulous (with detail, dynamics and balance, trombones always present but never obtrusive, double basses a constant rock) yet fresh. Despite woodwinds being doubled (four of each, in other words) and strings at full-strength the clarity was amazing, so too the buoyancy of the playing, crisp, articulate and powerful.”