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Make no mistake, this is big-boned, old-fashioned Beethoven. Yet, like Jansons recently, Chung manoeuvres his vast forces with deftness and, in the expansive slow movement, finds considerable elegance. String playing is very fine indeed, wind playing sometimes a little over-enthusiastic. The soloists make a well-blended quartet, and choral contributions are mostly strong. The live recording just manages to cope with the climaxes Chung whips up.

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