Most performances of Schubert's Symphony No. 9 tend toward slow and stately tempos. Yet there are occasional interpretations that pick up the pace and move with considerable agility, such as this performance. While a measured, steadily paced reading gives the symphony a certain dignity, Dohnányi's brisk account is focused and exciting, two qualities that Schubert's longest symphony needs to be effective. The first two movements benefit the most from Dohnányi's uptempo conducting, and the Philharmonia plays with a lightness of tone that keeps the symphony from feeling overly monumental. Instead, there's a sense of playfulness that adds to the listener's enjoyment. The live recording has full presence and vibrant sonorities,Read more with virtually no audience noise except for the applause.