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wonderful intensity and musicianship,
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This review is from: Beethoven: Complete Symphonies (Audio CD)
Toscanini was world-famous for his Beethoven and it's nice to be able to revisit it so cheaply! Everything about this set is interesting. The sound is so-so but liveable with and the performances completely transcend it. There are hints of a rather hard-driven approach occasionally (unlike most conductors, Toscanini got faster, not slower, as he grew older), but it is all so compelling that I can live with that.
I remember these performances on LP in the 1950s - 39/11 per symphony for the longer ones ... and now you get the whole lot in cleaner sound for, well, next to nothing really. Not to be resisted!!