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A superb cycle.....,
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This review is from: Beethoven: Complete Symphonies (Audio CD)
It's all too easy when discussing Beethoven symphony cycles to get bogged down in technical details as to how to interpret this or that tempo marking and lose sight of the performances. No cycle, be it Harnoncourt or Karajan, is ever going to please everybody and this set is no exception.
The playing is full, yet still sprightly and the rhythms are delightful and carefully weighted. This isn't Karajan, so the tuttis don't have the same impact, but then it also lacks the bombast that creeps into Karajan's performances. Norrington draws passionate playing from The London Classical Players and the set just seems 'right'.
This is 'period performance' but where The Hanover Band sometimes sounded thin, this is full blooded music making. The whole set is recorded beautifully. The notes are brief but useful, though I'm not sure why the cover etching is described as a photo....
All in all an excellent set in a very crowded field, it holds its own against Karajan & Harnoncourt and rises above such worthies as Barenboim and Rattle....