I have two sets of the Beethoven Symphonies on CD. When I first began collecting CDs of classical music I went for the cheap. At the time Madacy (A Canadian discount music company) with a particular release label Excelsior Classical Gold (packaged like the picture at left) had a selection of Classical CDs that were available exclusively in a particular music store in Southern California that is now defunct. They sold for around $6.00-$7.00 a CD. Among these were the Beethoven symphonies on 6 CDs played by the Tbilisi Symphony. They were actually pretty good recordings. Madacy tended to feature Eastern European symphonies and performers.
Out of a desire for exposure to other performers, I purchased the Symphonies as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, which I prefer to the Madacy recordings.
However, if you have any of the Madacy recordings on CD from that particular store - (I can't remember the name of the store) I should inform you to hold on to them; they're collectors' items, and can be sold from $25.00 and up.
Anybody have suggestions for other recordings of the Beethoven symphonies?
ADDENDUM: Here's an excerpt of a live performance of the 3rd movement from Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, Opus 68 "Pastoral" performed by the London Symphony Orchestra - Conductor: Bernard Haitinck.