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This set of the nine Symphonies will also include selected Beethoven Overtures
With that sole reservation, this set is well worth exploring.
Well balanced, minutely weight, firmly articulated by the conductor's authoritative vision, the result seems simply marvelous in musical terms.
And, to be fair, I've been underwhelmed by Chailly in the past (his Mahler is VERY hit-and-miss).
I bought this set for his excellent reviews, however, after listening to most of it, I concluded that although the recording and orchestra is very good indeed, the interpretation... Read morePublished 2 months ago by YIP Alex
Like Abbado, yet more so, Chailly has learned from the period crowd. I still prefer Gardiner in #5 and Abbado in #6, and Herreweghe in #9, but as a complete Beethoven Symphonies... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Holofernes
This set was highly praised to me by my local music shop, so I bought it and took it home.
For whatever unknown reason I started with the Fifth Symphony - heard nothing... Read more
I thought, who needs another Beethoven cycle. Well, guess what I did. I think that this is an incredible contribution to the interpretation of Beethoven's work. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Biggar Thomas
Beethoven's 5th symphony is often a great place to start, for those new to classical music, due to its immense popularity and familiarity. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Arnaud Wiehe
It's as if Beethoven himself returned to demonstrate what he really meant with his markings.
The recording is also superb.
Riccardo Chailly knows how to capture his audience. First he takes us along at a tempi that, at times, leaves one rather breathless. It is irresistable listening. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by J. O. Cook
After Toscanini, Leibowitz, Scherchen, Mackerras, Gielen, Zinman, Norrington(Stuttgart),Harnoncourt,Abbado,Haitink,Fedosseyev and many others, comes once again a Beethoven cycle... Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Codeluppi Alessandro Carlo
Too quick, well scrubbed and relentless, not lingering anywhere to give us a glimpse of the noble.
I'm glad I bought only one CD at the bargain price. Read more