Herbert Blomstedt recorded this cycle at a time when Staatskapelle Dresden was among the leading orchestras in the world, at least in terms of technical perfection. The recordings were made in Dresden's acoustically attractive Lucaskirche in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
There are many things to appreciate here, apart from a very low price. We have the three first symphonies in marvellous renditions, both sophisticated and muscular, a bright and joyous fourth, a crisp and consistent fifth (even if not as powerful as, say, Kleiber's). The sixth symphony is a triumph for the woodwinds, and the seventh gets deeply moving and a memorable interpretation, only second to Kleiber's classic account. The eight symphony gets a wonderful, clear and thoughtful presentation, and the interpretation of the ninth symphony is simply a must for every collection - indeed the jewel in the crown of this set. For among modern accounts of this work, Blomstedt's is, in my view, one of the very best. It is an outstanding interpretation, excellently performed, with very fine soloists (Helena Döse, Marga Schiml, Peter Schreier, Theo Adam) and incarnated by a convincing HiFi engineering. In other words, a real pleasure.
Thus I strongly and warmly recommend this set. At a low price, collectors need not to hesitate.