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The London Phase 4 recordings get a lot of bad press about "unnatural" sound, but they are dynamic! This just may be my favorite.
George Szell conducting The Cleveland Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra with Osmo Vanksa, cond. on BIS, on hybrid CD/SACD is the best of the modern recordings imo. I want literal intepretations, no schlocky romantic 1950s ritardandos. I want clean precise performance, the whole orchestra knows where the beat is. I want steady, appropriate tempi, and a confident but conservative conductor. I want modern high quality digital recording and BIS is an audiophile quality label, these are hybrid CD/SACD, maybe surround? idk I listen to the BIS Beethoven cycle nearly every day since they were released. I bought them one by one as they were released, but now you can by the cycle in a box all at once. Fantastic! Crank it up on big speakers - it will leave a mark.
My favorite as well...
Hard to beat Karajan here. Karl Bohm/Vienna is fantastic as well but Vanska/Minnesota..hell no! Nice sound but not really exciting, pretty vanilla imo.
Szell/Cleveland is mine too. Wish they would re-master his whole set in hirez.
How about none of them? I'm so done with Beethoven's Ninth. If I had to hear it it would be Herbert Von Karajan and Berlin.I'm also done with 1812. I don't care to ever play 1812 again. I've played it a lot over the years. It's just cheesy now a days.My favorite Beethoven Symphony is the 6th.HsvHeelFan
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