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"The fierce music [of the Fifth], it need hardly be said, receives a fierce performance ... The Pastoral ... has many virtues indeed. The brook may seem to some listeners to be flowing rather fast in the second movement; but if this is so it is surely preferable to stagnation ... The Seventh symphony suffers from a generally poor quality of sound, becoming harsh and distorted at the more powerful moments...because of the undoubtedly Olympian qualities of the performance..." - The Gramophone, 1958
In these new XR remasters sound quality has been dramatically improved throughout the studio and live NBC recordings that made up RCA's definitive Toscanini Beethoven Symphony releases of the 1950s. Essential!