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5.0 out of 5 stars
No gimmicks here, 19 Mar. 2011
Excellent sound quality, crisp performances and no gimmicks; the music is allowed to speak for itself. This means that it simply improves on frequent listening, rather than becoming irksome.
And it's very exciting! There is all the energy that you would hope to find in a live performance; just listen to the punchy timpani in the 5th, for example.
On each disc a "big" symphony is coupled with a less familiar one, and this works well for me. Useful programme notes by Lindsay Kemp and, if it matters to you, stylish packaging.