The list author says: "This is an idiosyncratic listing of the best recordings of Beethoven symphonies I've heard - or rather, in one instance, heard of - ranging all over the map from traditional accounts to fleet, period instrument-influenced performances, often using the new Barenreiter Edition of Beethoven's symphonic scores."
"Exceptional performances of the 1st and 5th symphony (An unusual coupling, yet one that makes sense since one work is in C major; the other in C minor.) from Haitink and LSO in his critically acclaimed LSO Live Beethoven symphony cycle."
"Distinguished performances of both symphonies from Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra that are the glorious conclusion to his LSO Live Beethoven symphony cycle. However, his choice of tempi in the 4th Symphony isn't nearly as brisk as Abbado's or Zinman's, who've also used the same Barenreiter Edition score."
"Elegant performances from the Wiener Philharmoniker (7th Symphony), The Cleveland Orchestra (8th Symphony) and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (9th Symphony) is this two-disk set that's from Kubelik's 1970s Deutsche Grammophon cycle in which he recorded all of Beethoven's symphonies using different orchestras."