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The hand of a master, the touches of individuality, the moments of freedom, make this performance as satisfyingly powerful as it is polished.
Even from a conductor who has actively encouraged the Chamber Orchestra of Europe from the start, it is a remarkable tribute that Claudio Abbado has chosen this superb band of young musicians, founded by former members of the European Community Youth Orchestra... For all their fine qualities, his previous recordings of the central Viennese classics have never been remarkable for their warmth. With the COE in Schubert it is different... The playing here is as satisfyingly powerful as it is polished.
In the Great C major...the hand of a master, the touches of
individuality, the moments of freedom, give Abbado's reading an extra weight... Much is owed to the crispness of the COE ensemble, not least in the enunciation of dotted rhythms or—in the finale—the scurrying triplets, where this is as clean in texture as a performance on period instruments. Though in conventional style Abbado allows a momentary easing into the second subject of the first movement of that symphony, and draws out the cello melody after the big climax of the slow movement, his choice of basic speeds makes those modifications seem naturally expressive and not at all self-indulgent.
-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [2/1989, reviewing DG 423651]
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