View Full Version : Suggest a set of Beethoven symphonies

04-23-2011, 02:56 PM
I've owned the Roger Norrington and the London Classical Players (http://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Symphonies-Overtures-Classical-Norrington/dp/B00005A9O0/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1303588179&sr=1-1) set of Beethoven symphonies on CD for over 10 years. I love it, but I'd like to buy another set or two. I also own a CD of Carlos Kleiber conducting the Vienna Philharmonic for the 5th and and historic recording of Furtwangler conducting the 5th/7th.

So, where should I start looking? I'll probably be buying the actual CDs rather than downloading unless the price difference is substantial.

C K Dexter Haven
04-23-2011, 03:55 PM
I *love* the Toscanini set, with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. He often goes at break-neck speed for the fast movements, and I think they're stunning. Vibrant. Magical.

04-23-2011, 04:14 PM
Bruno Walter, if you can find it. And I absolutely love the 9th Symphony conducted by Leopold Stokowski.

04-23-2011, 04:28 PM
Check out the Deutsche Grammaphon site if you're looking for specific works. I find that they generally have the best combination of composition, recording quality and performance.

Personally, I love the Kleiber 5th and 7th but also appreciate some of the piano pieces by Lang Lang and Helene Grimaud.

04-24-2011, 06:25 AM
Nothing can beat the Szell/Cleveland recordings.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
04-24-2011, 08:11 AM
I've heard a lot of complete cycles, and my favorite remains the 1963 Karajan set.

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