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Beethoven & Brahms: Symphonies (RCO Live)

One of the finest orchestral discs to have come my way for a very long time [JQ]

Radu Lupu (piano): Live Vol. 1 (Doremi)

Some welcome additions to the pianist’s discography [SG]

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Beethoven: Symphonies 5 & 6 (Hänssler Classic)

Expect to be surprised, moved and possibly irritated [CC]

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Beethoven: Symphony No 3 (Channel Classics)

Fischer balances the suavely light and the resiliently heroic [MG]

475 Jahre Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Profil)

Many first-class performances to celebrate the 475th anniversary of the Staatskapelle Dresden [MC]

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1 & Piano Sonata No 14 (Deutsche Grammophon)

Overall, this is an unsatisfying and disappointing CD [PBW]

Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies (National Symphony Orchestra)

Not distinguished or consistent enough to rank alongside the best cycles [JQ]

Joseph Szigeti (violin): Complete AFRS Recordings and Live Performances (Biddulph)

An attractive programme of rare items from Szigeti’s discography [JW]

Beethoven: String Quartets Vol 1 (Chandos)

A very promising beginning to the Doric’s Beethoven cycle, marked by excellent engineering, superb emotion, and precise attention to detail [MZ]

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Toscanini: The 1939 Beethoven Cycle (Pristine Audio)

One of the finest Beethoven Symphony cycles in the best remasterings [DF]

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Wilhelm Kempff (piano) Live Concert Edition (Meloclassic)

Indispensable for Kempff fans [SG]

Beethoven: Works for cello and piano (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An outstanding first instalment of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano [KS]

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Beethoven: Complete Works for Solo Piano Vol 4 (BIS)

(Déjà Review) Another success … carry on collecting with pleasure [TH]

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Mischa Levitzki (piano): Complete HMV Recordings (APR)

This splendid twofer just shouldn’t be missed [SG]

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No. 21, 23 (Deutsche Grammophon)

A glimpse into Serkin’s final thoughts in works always central to his repertoire [SG]

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies (National Symphony Orchestra)

A mercilessly rushed series of performances which almost invariably sacrifices grandeur in favour of mere propulsion [RMo]

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Michael Spyres (tenor) In The Shadows (Erato)

I enjoyed some unhackneyed repertoire and the marvellous singing [GF]

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos 1-10  (Naxos)

Enormous presence and clarity … a great deal to enjoy … no serious collector will want to be without this set [TH]

Beethoven: Symphony No 5 & 7 (Elatus)

(Déjà Review) The real Leningrad Phil of the Soviet era, superbly drilled and directed [JP]

Neville Marriner (conductor): The Complete Warner Classics Recordings (Warner Classics)

An 80-CD centenary salute to Marriner, with (or without) his ASMF [JW]

Adila Fachiri and Marie Soldat (violin): (Biddulph)

Fachiri, Tovey and Soldat: historic recordings freighted with significance [JW]

Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios (Bridge Records)

Excellent performances, engaging and rewarding [SG]

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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano) Mozart & Beethoven (Music & Arts)

A must-hear for Michelangeli fans, and indeed for all lovers of great pianism [CC]

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets Volume 1 (Chandos)

Consistently magnificent performances, but comparison has a sting in the tail [MG]