I will probably play my vesrion by Colin Davis, but may possibly go with my versions by Jochum or Szell.
After hearing the Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra version, my opinion remains that this symphony is just okay. It has a few pleasant moments, but otherwise, it very much sounds to me like sonic wallpaper.
Of the London group, the three symphonies that have so far been pretty average are 98, 99, and 102. Hpowders, what version or versions have been the best for No. 102 in your listening experience?
I listened to one of the old classics - Vienna State Opera Orchestra/Mogens Wöldike. The stereo separation is rather wide (as is typical of the time), but it is an energetic performance, and it isn't as mushy as most mid-century performances are.
This symphony tends to be overshadowed by some of the others, but I find it interesting nonetheless. The minuet, in particular, seems to strain against the constraints of its form. I detect a fair amount of dissonance, and the staccato notes in the main theme cause it to deviate considerably from the expected stately dance.