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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Beethoven...Best Symphony Recordings?

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.

London SO

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.

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