Picture and sound qualities are both mind boggling. The performances generally are very good, though I feel that the first movement of the 8th symphony should have been a bit more jovial;instead it sounds slightly confused. The acid test is the last movement of the 9th, and here all the soloists, chorus and conductor pass the test with honours. Christian Thielemann is an underestimated conductor who is almost unknown outside Germany and Austria. He is a very tall man (almost Klemperer height) who moves very quickly, so takes some getting used to. The analyses and discussions (1 hour for each symphony) are a most interesting bonus, particularly as they include video clips of other conductors performing the same works.