Gunter Wand. Not even close to being HIP. Takes time to smell the glorious roses. Just the way I like it in Beethoven. My favorite Beethoven symphony set among the seven that I own.
I have the Abbado and it is nice but sometimes I want him to "slow down" a bit.Wand, because this interpretation touches the mind more than it touches the soul, and this I like
and Abbado with BPO, what a tempo and a very unusual sound, also brainy
I really want that recent Chailly and Thielemann cycles for sure.Probably Chailly. It has the best of both worlds: original tempi and big modern orchestra.
Amen to thisIf You Could Only Have One Beethoven Symphony Cycle... I'd be very sad.
I don't know if Thielemann would be right for me. I've seem a performance of his Eroica on YouTube which sounded really bland and uninspired. Perhaps he was just having a bad day that day and his Beethoven usually is exciting and emotional....but I haven't heard much said about Thielemann in general, other than the fact that he used to look like Augustus Gloop (not the Tim Burton film) when he was younger.I really want that recent Chailly and Thielemann cycles for sure.
you got it hpI have the Abbado and it is nice but sometimes I want him to "slow down" a bit.