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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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Mike’s Professional Ears Love It! FIVE STARS!

Here’s a professional recording engineer’s opinion: To all the so-called “critic-reviewers” and naysayers in the list of reviewers of this work, I say PHOOEY!! This is a sublime collection, comprehensive and impressive, and EXTREMELY well recorded and performed. Yes, the recording techniques of the late 60’s were different than they are today, but not necessarily worse, especially with classical music. I can hear accent mics on the tympani and string bass, each string section, the woodwinds and other select instruments, but as a whole, this recording is marvelous. The stereo soundstage is terrific. It’s an analogue recording for goodness sake. I’ve heard modern digital recordings that are not nearly as good! Those who have complained of distortion or other perceived anomalies should dump their cheap, god-awful-sounding Apple earbuds that come with your iPod and get headphones of PROFESSIONAL quality (I use Sony’s exquisite MDR7506 Professional Studio Headphones), capable of reproducing the power, intensity and amazingly subtle nuances of this truly remarkable recording. There is NO distortion, NO strange compression in the recordings, only the dreadful compression that is inherent of the MP3/M4A technology that iTunes uses to deliver the music to us. And, yes, I’ve listened to the entire collection 3 times in a row, finding them increasingly breathtaking. The original recording engineers are to be commended for their excellent work. Most of you newbie listeners have no idea how complex and difficult a serious classical recording is to make, but these guys pulled it off - magnificently.

If you are not using GOOD headphones to listen and prefer to listen to a room stereo, your audio playback system and the room in which it’s installed play an all-important role in the correct and accurate tonal and stereo soundstage of the music. It must be high quality, and calibrated and tuned to be accurate. You can’t just pop these recordings into a boom box and expect to hear everything these gems offer.

BRAVO! Kudos and congratulations to the fabulous London Philharmonic Orchestra and their amazing recording team for a brilliant, relevant and completely enjoyable collection. Bravo! Oh, and thanks to iTunes for making it available.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! Also, be advised that these SAME recordings are available elsewhere in iTunes and 4 times the price!! Buy this collection and receive your money's worth!

just to let you know

dude the 3rd and 4th movements are put together for a reson. that is how he wrote them, with no pause inbetween, If you are spiting up his symphonys you are losing the point of the work. the 5th is a story of beethoven over coming his destany and the life he was his hearing loss and sickness, the cencership from the austrian empire, the supresion of the lower class, and not to mention nipolean was taking over. do some reserch.

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My father had a set of these recordings in the early 1960s so I don't know why it says 2008. They must be at least 50 years old and were the first classical LPs I ever listened to. Although not up to Krips and the London Symphony's usual standards they were quite good performances for their day but the sound is totally unacceptable my modern standards and the interpretation is very traditional. If want to get into Beethoven then save your money and try something more modern. I'll give it 2 stars for old times sake.


Formed: 1904

Genre: Classical

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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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