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Posted October 1, 2010
I am no authority on musical interpretation, but I found Zander's interpretation (& the orchestra's performance) of this brilliant work of Beethoven to be exciting & interesting, as opposed to ponderous & boring, so I cannot possibly offer any criticism in this area. However, I use a studio mastering grade external DAC & ATC speakers, which offer extremely detailed sound, & I am in a position to criticise this CD on the basis of sound quality. It is not bad by any means, but it is not up to the same standards as Telarc's best efforts. One of the problems is that it is probably very difficult to record an entire symphony orchestra & achieve the competing requirements of overall instrumental balance & individual instrumental clarity, both at the same time, probably because the former may require distant miking & the latter may require closer miking. For this CD, the compromise has been made towards achieving overall balance, which is fine, but this has been at the expense of not being able to identify & place the individual instruments clearly & transparently in the reproduced soundstage. Unfortunately, the result is a rather two dimensional opaque presentation which prevents the inner detail of the more complex harmonious structures of this symphony being discernable when there are many instruments playing simultaneously. This is not really acceptable for a studio recording from an audiophile label. Perhaps the solution is to opt instead for a version which is played by a smaller (& perhaps more historically accurate) ensemble such as Hogwood's Academy of Ancient Music) where the balance & clarity are both reputed to be first class, despite being older recordings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.