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4.0 out of 5 stars These recordings bring back memories of a memorable series of Beethoven recordings
I remember when Decca was bringing out this series of recordings of the Beethoven symphonies. The fidelity of the recordings was, for the time when they were made, very high and highly praised. Nowadays they don't have quite the impact of more modern recordings but are extremely acceptable. Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt was not, though, one of the critics favorite...
Published on 22 April 2013 by John HOLLAS

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed that all movements of all symphonies were received in ...
Disappointed that all movements of all symphonies were received in totally random order and therefore necessitated a separate playlist to be compiled by lengthy manipulation of items. I have not yet had time to listen to more than the first movement of Symphony 1, but I am sure the performance will be acceptable and hope there will be no recording faults or blemishes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars These recordings bring back memories of a memorable series of Beethoven recordings, 22 April 2013
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John HOLLAS (UK) - See all my reviews
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I remember when Decca was bringing out this series of recordings of the Beethoven symphonies. The fidelity of the recordings was, for the time when they were made, very high and highly praised. Nowadays they don't have quite the impact of more modern recordings but are extremely acceptable. Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt was not, though, one of the critics favorite conductors, and he did not turn out to be one of the very best (think Karajan at a similar time). But this set of complete symphonies is a remarkable bargain and proves very rewarding to listen to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This set is a good example of that "Decca sound" if somewhat dry, 20 Nov. 2014
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This set was Decca's prime recordings of the Symphonies until the Solti CSO cycle in the early 70s; it was up against the '63 DGG Karajan set at the time. Contrary to popular belief, back then it was Decca that was the pre-eminent label for classical music, they had worked out how to record stereo with mono compatibility before the others.
This set is a good example of that "Decca sound" if somewhat dry, certainly compared to the DGG set mentioned. But the Sofiensaal in Vienna was set up as a permanent studio, whereas the Jesus-Christ Church in Dahlem, Berlin that DGG was using was obviously both, thus very different acoustics. The image is full width, whereas the DGG set is somewhat constrained; remember mono compatibility was paramount.
But what of the performances? They are quite conventional and enjoyable, but not wildly exciting. I was keen to find them because I do remember the vinyl set and I like the Decca sound. Now I have, are they my first choice? No, I still like the Bohm/VPO set from the early 70s. But the MP3 download is not going to break the bank, and if you like them enough, then hunt them down in CD land.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances, 27 Jan. 2013
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These recordings are fairly old, about 1960s, but you wouldn't know it judging by the sound quality which is very good. The Vienna Philharmonic's playing is excellent (as always) under their conductor Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. There are a great many complete sets of the Beethoven Symphonies available, but this should rate as one of the best and certainly a bargain at the present price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed that all movements of all symphonies were received in ..., 25 Jun. 2015
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Disappointed that all movements of all symphonies were received in totally random order and therefore necessitated a separate playlist to be compiled by lengthy manipulation of items. I have not yet had time to listen to more than the first movement of Symphony 1, but I am sure the performance will be acceptable and hope there will be no recording faults or blemishes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Beethoven, 23 Oct. 2014
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The complete symphonies by the best Beethoven conductor in recorded music history. Sheer heaven.
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