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This Is One Boxed Set Doesn't Disappoint in the Least!
on December 20, 2014
Wow! Just Wow! I am so happy with this purchase. This is the first complete set of Beethoven symphonies I've bought since I purchased the complete symphonies by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago something like 30-35 years ago (maybe even earlier, since the years all run together at my advanced age!) in LP form, which is where I got my initial exposure to them all.
Claudio Abbado is a favorite of mine, and I've always enjoyed listening to music he conducted when had the Lucerne. I kind of took a chance in that I don't think I'd ever hear him conduct Beethoven. But I've head plenty of his Mahler readings, and that was impetus enough to go forward with this purchase. Since buying them, I've compared these recording with my LPs of Reiner and even a version of the 6th with von Karajan and the BPO which I have. Abbado delivers, and in full measure.
Production values are great, and the Berlin, of course, is, well, the Berlin: big, powerful, rangy, dynamic control in every way possible. Buy without trepidation. This set is a monument to a very gifted conductor.