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    Another set I've been playing a lot lately is quite old - ancient in LP years. But can there be a better glimpse at how Beethoven was interpreted an played in the mid-20c? There's a big box of this with several Bruckner symphonies - also extremely well done.
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    Default Leibowitz Cycle sources

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    Cheap alert! One of the best cycles out there is done by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by René Liebowitz. Pre-HIP HIP, generally lively tempos with great articulation and virtuosic playing, especially the woodwinds. And you get a lot more stuff as well in this super-budget download. Good sound. $2.69!

    It’s here on Amazon.
    It's a pity that I cannot buy and download the mp3 files from Amazon US, but after serious sampling, I found that these files don't come from the best sources known. It's not like urania but it's not really close from the best available.

    This thread raised my interest in this Leibowitz cycle, which I had never listened to as it was so difficult to get on CD eventually. SQ seems very analogue and a bit dated, while playing is really correct and attractive. I'm mostly attracted by René's conducting, way more thrilling than the few recordings I own.



    There's a 2015 release from "The Golden Legacy of Music" which can also be streamed on YouTube completely and offers a remastering suspiciously close to the highest standards of the Naxos Historical library (which are still louder and clearer, but expensive and not on CD either). This budget release contains each symphony in one file and in Europe you can pay 6€ or more like 7.5 pounds from Amazon sites. I think it's way worthier.



    And as I'm listening to No.4 and No.7, I made a quick restoration from a LP box set to digitalise and use as a cover.



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    (Leibowitz cycle sources) - Thanks for these, Granate - much-appreciated! One can simply say that, for beginners, Rene L's Beeth. 5th resembles the dynamic performances of Szell and/or Reiner, two of the masters. … I've seen a videotape of Szell, rehearsing the 5th, and could say that I might, slightly prefer Szell's handling of the opening movement (esp. the transitions of tempo). Leibowitz seems almost a bit-RUSHED (in comparison), but that might be plus, for some … esp. if remembers Toscanini. In any case, the RPO performs admirably, and misses NOT a note.

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    Karajan 1963 when there was the thrill of pioneering in the orchestra and the playing is wonderful. Perhaps have the 77 6 and 9 as a supplement and the 82 no 3

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