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Beethoven: The Complete Symphony Collection

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This remastered collection is faithful to the original 1960 performances, which were recorded on 35mm film in order to accurately capture the orchestra. The music here is big, bright and beautiful, with full instrumentation and precise direction. It’s a perfect introduction to Beethoven’s symphony cycle, from the passionate highs and sweeping lows of "Eroica" to Symphony No. 9, fragments of which haunt the creations of so many subsequent composers as well as the scores of countless film and television works.

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Ludwig lingers!

To any lover of music which shows the creative genius of the human mind, this album is a "must buy". Beethoven remains supreme for perfect music form.

Great recording!

I downloaded this album yesterday. I have been listening to and loving Beethoven's symphonies for as long as I can remember and hearing this was like listening to the music for the first time again. Sorry Dan and Di, but this is to my ears a beautifully recorded album, with absolutely none of the background hiss that plagues many other classical recordings. A gem and an absolute steal at $9.99.

What Hiss?

Normally, you get what you pay for applies all too often but I've played this on various equipment (some of it high quality) and still believe that the price is a typo. Finally I am completely satisfied with a purchase from the iTunes Store as these recordings are brilliant.

Now I just have to convince my kids that culture isn't just for old f@#ts!


Formed: 1904

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '00s, '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Formed in 1904 by a group of 46 musicians who had resigned from London's Queen's Hall Orchestra because of change in policy, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is an ensemble of "firsts." It was the first orchestra in England to set up a self-governing administrative structure, the first to tour North America, and the first to accept commercial sponsorship. Known as one of England's most gifted and versatile ensembles, it is the resident orchestra at London's famous Barbican Centre. This and the...
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