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Altogether this is a fabulous Fifth, one of monumental impetus and excitement.
For me, Thielemann's Beethoven sounds consistently fresh and exploratory infused with a genuine desire to rediscover the music as it is being played.
The packaging is high-end, but this set measures up to the recent Chailly only in that respect.
After the recent deluge of Mahler recordings, it is nice to see conductors and labels returning to Beethoven. Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Prescott Cunningham Moore
The best news is lack of ambient noise in these live recordings. The orchestra sounds rather distant in spots. Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by J. K. Davis MD