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The five "greatest"...well, it's a tough call I suppose, but the
Gramophone's list only has one that I'd want to put in that sort of
bracket (Toscanini - though I'd rather have the pre-war live cycle than
the RCA post-war set).
I agree, though I might slightly prefer the 1938 9th over the 1939.
Odd, also, to choose Karajan's 75/77 set when the 1960s one still seems
so much more intense, though I'm not sure even that would be on my "five
Particularly odd since it was the "reference set" in stereo for many years.
I'd want - in no particular order - Mengelberg,
Between Wendel and Tahra, there are some magnificent performances, I agree.
Furtwängler (in various combinations of performances),
Yes, although I'll take 1937 BPO (complete, please, as it was on the
Japanese CD that I managed to find), over the two Heil-fests.
Jochum/DG (1950s), Szell/Cleveland and Bernstein/VPO
Bernstein/VPO is a favorite of mine among stereo cycles.
ahead of all of the other Gramophone suggestions. And of the HiP-
influenced cycles I'd take Mackerras over Zinman (good as Z. is). I
can't even begin to understand what Norrington is doing in this kind of
EMI's check cleared.
I would also, of course, include Weingartner, a cycle consisting of his
latest recording of each work for which there are multiples -- with the
possible exception of the 5th, in which case I might prefer one of the
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