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If You Could Only Have One Beethoven Symphony Cycle

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What one would it be?

This would be a no-brainer for me if Fricsay had a full cycle. But since he does not, i am kind of inclined towards Gunter Wand (but if I keep listening to the Hanover Band cycle, that may change). However, that is out of my current collection which includes full cycles of Hanover Band, Wand, Szell, Ferencsik, and Liebowitz (I had Walter but got rid of it as too stodgy, but am told I should have kept if for his 6th). I am interested in what others would pick for their sole Beethoven symphony cycle and why.

NOTE: I started this thread because I think the results will be very interesting, but also because we don't have enough Beethoven symphony cycle threads on this site. :lol:
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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
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I have the Abbado and it is nice but sometimes I want him to "slow down" a bit.
you got it hp

that's why it is unusual hahaha

matter of taste
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