Originally Posted by Bill Ward
The Zinman/Beethoven arrived today. I'm listening to it as I type--disc three of five. The sound I hear is not grass growing under the conductor's feet. Zinman opts for snappy tempos and quick timings. The sound is really excellent with transparent textures and a nice orchestral balance.You can really hear the inner voices of the orchestral parts
There's a sense of unfamiliarity about certain passages. Not sure if that's the new performing edition, or the sound or Zinman's shaping. I like the performances I've heard thus far, but I can see why the set might be controversial. Beethoven moving briskly results in Beethoven losing weight.
I second Bill's opinion. My Zinman set has also arrived and the sound is excellent. I think this set would be a nice addition to any Beethoven or classical music lover's collection. I have the old editions played on period instruments, the new editions played on modern instruments and of course, the re-mastered Karajan 1963 cycle.
Overall, I really like the Zinman set from what I have heard thus far. I have only heard up to the sixth symphony and I can't wait until the 9th (too bad they didn't include the 10th).
My thoughts - I CANT BELIEVE THIS SET COST SO LITTLE!!! IT WAS A STEAL! (Less than 10 bucks including
shipping). Like Bill, I also can't see why this is considered controversial. The orchestra is well balanced, the tempo's are right on, and the sound quality is fantastic.
For those open minded people who are familiar with Beethoven's 9 (10) symphonies, the new editions are a breath of fresh air. It is so nice to hear a different, and albeit, more accurate version of these great works. They flow effortlessly under Zinman's direction. Can't wait to listen to these more closely. I am sure they will warrant repeated listening's with my Grado RS-1's.