The story goes that this is Beethoven as he might have heard it, well at least the earlier and middle symphonies before he went Mutt 'n' Jeff. The nasty Victorians and their musical successors are supposed to have changed the way his music is performed by: by speeding up the slow passages and movements, and slowing down the faster ones. They are also responsible for smoothing some of the more raucous parts, to make them more decorous. In Norrington's recreation of the original, Beethoven's trumpets sometimes wah like car horns. This is Beethoven before he was put on a pedestal and his symphones became the gods murmering of eternal truths, mumble mumble. I commend these performances to you, even if you couldn't stand Beethoven as you heard him by Karajan, etc. And the price, well...how can you lose? (If it all goes wrong they'll impress your guests if you use them as drinks coasters.) Buy this collection!