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The 2019/20 Season marks the start of Maxim Emelyanychev’s role as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the release of his Linn recording debut. Emelyanychev, an outstanding representative of the younger generation of Russian conductors, discovered an instant rapport with the SCO when he substituted for Robin Ticciati in 2018. It was this performance of Schubert’s ‘Great’ C major Symphony that secured Emelyanychev’s appointment and created a fervent anticipation for this recording. The concert prompted The Scotsman to comment: ‘Emelyanychev [was] constantly balancing surface charm and vigour with a far darker, more manic undertow – not least in the towering cumulative energy of his propulsive finale.’ Schubert’s Ninth Symphony was the composer’s final major contribution to the genre and his maturity is reflected in its intensely lyrical melodies and monumental scale. Emelyanychev procures a very precise blend and balance by applying a historical aesthetic similar to the one that has previously seen accolades heaped upon this award-winning orchestra.

"The young Russian conductor doesn’t follow the opening Allegro’s clear instruction — “but not too much” — but, for once, I don’t care. Even at speed, the woodwind triplets’ piano crescendos and the development’s magical conclusion are exceptionally expressive. This is Schubert’s Great C major, mighty heir to Beethoven’s Seventh, in its ferociously rhythmical glory — and with all movements III and IV’s repeats observed. A feast."
The Sunday Times, 27 October 2019
"5* : Maxim Emelyanychev inspires the SCO in Schubert’s massive work, with grandeur and great washes of feeling...a performance that captures the joy, grandeur and extremes of feeling in this symphony."
The Guardian, 14 November 2019
"5* “The SCO and Emelyanychev already play as a team ... I can’t remember when Schubert’s symphony sounded so life-enhancing and fresh.”"
The Times, 28 November 2019
"This thought-provoking album is a wonderful addition to the Schubert catalog ... Strongly recommended for any fan of this work."
The Classic Review, 2 December 2019
"They play for him as though they’re hanging on every gesture, it’s so alive and the relatively compact size of the ensemble gives the symphony an immediacy and presence…to me this was totally refreshing."
BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'. 16 November 2019
"Recommended: ... if this had come my way sooner then it would have been one of my discs of 2019 ... Take a bow, everyone involved."
MusicWeb International, 3 December 2019
"...this “Classical” masterpiece already benefits from the sprightly lightness-of-touch of a musician at home in the Baroque, trombones and all."
The Herald, 9 November 2019
"5* What an impressive debut CD from Maxim Emelyanychev and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra ... To achieve such perfection so early in this conductor-orchestra relationship is exceptional."
The Scotsman, 4 December 2019
"Disc of the Week: The ‘Great’ C major is, above all, an expression of delight and awe in the natural world ... And it is this sense of joy and contentedness that positively bubbles over into Emelyanychev’s reading."
Europadisc, 29 November 2019
"The SCO’s violin section attacks the finale’s endless semiquavers with unflagging energy ... Emelyanychev could be the man to banish your Schubertian blues."
Gramophone, January 2020
"5* : ... this performance is quite vigorous and exciting, and will likely be a revelation to listeners schooled in the traditional style."
All Music, 6 January 2020
"This performance of Schubert 9 is impulsive and upbeat, an irrepressibly positive statement ... Start your 2020 with a bang. Buy this."
The Arts Desk, 4 January 2020
"Performance 5* / Recording 5* - ... the most thrilling account of Schubert’s last symphony that I have heard in many years."
BBC Music Magazine, January 2020