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Concerto Budapest and Andras Keller perform Shostakovich’s neoclassical Ninth Symphony with feather-light playing. This buoyantly lighthearted playing is also found in the Presto and Allegretto, while the slow movements are performed in a very thoughtful and atmospheric manner.

In the Fifth, which is not neoclassical of course, we are used to more orchestral power than this recording has. Still, Keller puts enough expressiveness into the music to keep it from becoming boring.

Another merit of the Tacet SACD is the Real Surround sound, which makes the orchestra’s slender playing extremely transparent and spacious.

Remy Franck

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