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on 22 June 2014
A driven powerfull expressive Eroica, good digital remixing means all instruments are distinctive., this is to my mind, better than Karajan
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on 9 December 2017
Arrived promptly and as described
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 December 2013
Slight reservations first: the sound seems a touch light at the bass end, and a more modern recording would have done more justice to the tone of the upper strings, but these relatively minor considerations aside, this is a great CD. I think that the Third Symphony, the Eroica, is the most expressively varied of all Beethoven's symphonies -- it is at different times tragic, assertively heroic, tender, humorous, athletically exciting. There's just more going on in it than in any other single symphony of Beethoven (and they're all great!), and Szell knows how to get these qualities expressed without any compromise of the forward movement of the piece. The rhythmic grip is never in doubt, but there's nothing excessively "driven" about the performance, and though Szell had the reputation of being a martinet in rehearsal, there's nothing cramped or rigid about this performance. Listen to the tenderness in the second movement, which relieves the tragic undertone of the funeral march. Listen to the dignity and stoicism in that movement too, and the dynamic variety with which Szell sustains the life of that long movement. And listen to the fun in the variations in the finale, ending in the final exhilarating sprint, even though just before that a hint of the feeling of the funeral march is brought back to our minds. It's Beethoven's greatest symphony, and this is one of the greatest recordings.

The Eighth gets a marvelously sprightly performance -- it's less expressively varied than the Third, and while it has some of the energy of the Seventh, that energy is less riotous and is contained within the forms of a less dionysiac kind of dance feeling. It's good-natured and light-hearted, and Szell presents it with great elan. The remastered sound is on the whole very good, with the slight caveat noted at the beginning of this review. All in all, an indispensable recording.
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on 15 July 2014
This recording did really well, as I have not got on with the 3rd Symphony before, and this recording sold it to me. It had just the right dynamism to hold my attention. Very worth buying if you can get it for a good price, but I think you might look for a more modern interpretation if this cd is on offer at "full price".
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