Originally Posted by xchagg
The thought of losing the Teldec label feels miserable; quite a few of my favourite recordings come from there.
Yeah...my two favorite living conductors (Harnoncourt and...
Toscanini would have been my first choice as well.
There are four or five recordings of this work that are absolutely titanic in their stature: Toscanini, Karajan, Bernstein, Solti, and maybe Abbado. Colin Davis is also very, very good....
Originally Posted by ddroit2005
Thank you for your advice, jagorev. But it looks a very attractive deal, doesn't it?
I suppose. Though these appear to be mostly second-rate ensembles. I'd wonder if they...
Originally Posted by Bunnyears
I have to agree, the Sony Bernstein is the set to get.
I also agree. Though it's not uniformly perfect, there are some simply earth-shattering performances in this set -...
I think this might qualify as "too much of a good thing."
You'll probably never digest such a behemoth. Better to go about your collecting through great individual performances and works that interest you.
If the Monteux recording you have in mind is from the 1950s, these are rather bland and unenergetic performances. He had mellowed signifcantly in his old age.
I would say get Bernstein on Sony - it has fire and rhythmic drive along with...