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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    This is a nice set. Some lovely performances.

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    For Beethoven symphonies on Blu-Ray the Jordan set takes some beating. Superb accounts of all symphonies, great sound and a thoroughly enjoyable 9th, in particular. I find Thielemann's set ponderous by comparison. Fischer and Fruhbeck de Burgos are preferable to Thielemann, for me, too.

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    Thanks for the recommendations.

    Any thoughts on this Blu-ray box set of Beethoven symphonies by Jansons?


    I'm not sure that I need 4 Blu-ray box sets of Beethoven symphonies. I already have Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Christian Thielemann. So, should I add the Jordan recordings that you’ve recommended, and/or Jansons? (I like top-quality surround-sound audio, and top-quality video.)

    Switching gears to Mahler. I have Blu-rays of Abbado performances of all symphonies except 8. Any thoughts on this box set by Jarvi vs. the box set you’ve recommended?


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    I found these performances from 2015 and 2016 by Seiji Ozawa leading the Saito Kinen Orchestra to be very enjoyable.

    Beethoven
    • Symphony 2
    • Symphony 7
    • Choral Fantasy in C minor (Martha Argerich)



    This Blu-ray’s 1080 video and DTS HD MA 5.0 audio have excellent audio and video quality. (The Choral Fantasy in C minor has only a stereo track.)

    I enjoy watching Ozawa conduct.

    The backdrop behind the orchestra IMO is visually uninteresting, and unattractive. I think it looks like unpainted drywall. (It’s probably painted “sheetrock white”.) This is a quibble, however for me one of the things that potentially can be enjoyable about Blu-ray is seeing beautiful concert halls, and IMO this venue is lacking in aesthetic appeal.

    Bottom line, I think that this Blu-ray disc is worth owning.
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    I enjoyed this Blu-ray of a 2011 performance of Mahler Symphony 2 by Riccardo Chailly leading the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. This Blu-ray has excellent video quality, and excellent DTS HD MA 5.1 audio, though it seems the percussion instruments are accentuated a bit. If you have a hi-fi system capable of significant dynamics, this recording will show-off its capabilities.



    I also enjoy the Blu-ray of the 2003 performance of Mahler Symphony 2 by Claudio Abbado leading the Lucerne Festival Orchestra (referenced in post #15), which is part of a box set of Mahler Symphonies 1 – 7.

    I’m glad to own both.

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    1.DVD Symphonien Nr. 3 & 9 (Karita Mattila, Violeta Urmana, Thomas Moser, Eike Wilm Schulte, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado / 2002)
    2.DVD Symphonie Nr. 5 inkl. Dokumentation (Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado / 2001)
    3.DVD Missa solemnis op. 123 (Camilla Nylund, Birgit Remmert, Christian Elsner, Rene Pape, Chor der Staatsoper Dresden, Staatskapelle Dresden, Fabio Luisi / Konzertmitschnitt aus der Frauenkirche Dresden anlässlich des Wiederaufbaus 2005)
    4.DVD Symphonie Nr. 6; Violinkonzert op. 61 (Isabelle Faust, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink / Festspiele Baden-Baden 2015)
    5.DVD Fidelio (Jacquelyn Wagner, Norbert Ernst, Wojtek Gierlach, Opernchor St. Gallen, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Otto Tausk / Mitschnitt aus dem Theater St. Gallen 2018)
    6.DVD Klavierkonzerte Nr. 4 & 5 (Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Dresden 2007)
    7.DVD Streichquartette Nr. 4, 7, 14 (Juilliard String Quartet / 1975)
    8. DVD Klaviersonaten Nr. 8 & 14 (Daniel Barenboim 1983 / 1984); Diabelli-Variationen op. 120 (Boris Berezovsky / Klavierfestival Ruhr 2006); Eroica-Variationen op. 35 (Friedrich Gulda / Beethovenfest Bonn 1970); Egmont-Ouvertüre (Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado / 2002); Romanzen Nr. 1 & 2 für Violine & Orchester / Kolja Blacher, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado / 1996)

    I bought this set at JPC, so glad I did, perhaps not the best quality but in perceptive, sublime .
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertKC View Post
    Thanks for the recommendations.

    Any thoughts on this Blu-ray box set of Beethoven symphonies by Jansons?


    I'm not sure that I need 4 Blu-ray box sets of Beethoven symphonies. I already have Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Christian Thielemann. So, should I add the Jordan recordings that you’ve recommended, and/or Jansons? (I like top-quality surround-sound audio, and top-quality video.)

    Switching gears to Mahler. I have Blu-rays of Abbado performances of all symphonies except 8. Any thoughts on this box set by Jarvi vs. the box set you’ve recommended?

    As far as the Jansons set is concerned, it's a very nice set. Quite graceful yet a tiny bit brisker than traditionally in some symphonies and crisp performances. I've not watched the Blu-Ray but have heard the recordings and they are very good. Jansons is particularly impressive in the 6th and 9th. In fact, the 6th is one of the best I've heard in years. As a personal preference I would recommend the Jordan set above it as I love Jordan's vision of the whole 9. Really depends what you like. Thielemann is rather chaotic with his tempi, Jansons goes for the lyrical beauty and Jordan goes with a brisker, more exciting approach. Lots of merit in both the latter's approaches so it depends how you like your Beethoven.
    As for the Jarvi Mahler cycle it's a good set but I wasn't impressed with the 4th, 7th and 8th (I hate Mahler's 8th so it may be good, tbf. It's just not my bag). However other performances are good and I really enjoyed the 9th. Reviews of it are positive so I'd read those and try and sample it before you commit but it certainly sounds good to me (only listened to it once). Again, I have a preference for the RCO cycle as the performances are more consistent but you should try and sample both if possible.

    There's a review of the RCO Mahler cycle below.

    http://www.musicweb-international.co...s_RCO12102.htm
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    Thanks to a recommendation by Merl, I have enjoyed this Blu-ray box set of 2014 – 2015 performances of Beethoven symphonies by Philippe Jordan conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of the Opera national de Paris. This Blu-ray has excellent video quality, and excellent DTS HD MA 5.1 audio, however the bass singer is localized to the center channel when playing the surround-sound track, and the result is not the most natural presentation. Nonetheless, I’m glad to own this Blu-ray audio/video box set.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertKC View Post
    Thanks to a recommendation by Merl, I have enjoyed this Blu-ray box set of 2014 – 2015 performances of Beethoven symphonies by Philippe Jordan conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of the Opera national de Paris. This Blu-ray has excellent video quality, and excellent DTS HD MA 5.1 audio, however the bass singer is localized to the center channel when playing the surround-sound track, and the result is not the most natural presentation. Nonetheless, I’m glad to own this Blu-ray audio/video box set.

    Glad you like it. Sometimes it's hard recommending stuff as you have no idea how others will react. As long as you enjoy it then all is good.

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