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Unbeatable for the price, but...
on June 18, 2004
I only listened to the 6th symphony before I wrote this, but I can presume it shows Janos Ferencsik's feel of Beethoven's music. I've had a couple of other versions of Beethoven's complete symphonies: Toscannini and someone else on CD whom I can't remember (my CD collection was burnt up in a house fire). They were both excellent, and have shown me what Beethoven's symphonies should sound like. But Ferencsik conducts the 6th as if he doesn't have a true artist's feel for Beethoven's intended interplay of the various instruments. Sometimes inappropriate secondary instruments come to the foreground when they shouldn't, giving a clumsy feel to the whole. In general he gets it right, but there are many occurrences that make me say to myself, "Ah, well, the complete symphonies for $13.89, an excellent orchestra, and very good sound fidelity. It's still a great deal!" One more excellent example of the importance of the man with the baton.