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5.0 out of 5 stars Something of the Wunderkind, 21 Feb 2009
This review is from: Beethoven: The 9 Symphonies (Audio CD)
I admire many of Karajan's recordings some of which are truly great but not, as a rule, his Beethoven. This is mainly because of his later stereo recordings, the last of which in the 1980s was frankly a mistake which did him no favours. This set is something different. There is still the freshness that was so admired in the 1940s and one feels a sense of greatness at times. I too return to these recordings if I wish to listen to his Beethoven, by far the most satisfying of the 4 cycles. But, if you are looking for truly great Beethoven and don't mind mono or ADD etc I would say go for a mixture of Erich Kleiber and son Carlos the mono Klemperer and Furtwangler, not forgetting Weingartner of course. I'm sorry to say the more modern accounts leave me a bit cold, too "fashion" conscious for me and not getting to the heart of the music. If you don't have a complete cycle and are looking for one, this is strongly recommended.
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Initial post: 9 Jan 2011 13:44:41 GMT
Most of the recordings here are extremely poor recordings far too ponderous and slow particularly the Klemperer and nowhere near the tempi which has now been agreed for all music in the 'classical' period.
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