I had a chance to hear David Zinman's Beethoven's Symphonies with the Tonhalle Orchestra.Wow. I'm neither a musician nor a musicologist and my knowledge of theory might be called barely conversant, but I was blown away by what I heard in this set of Beethoven's music. Over the years I've come to love different performances and/or series of the Beethoven Symphony cycles, among them my favorites (until now) being the Norrington Stuttgart, the Haitink Concertgebouw Bernstein's and Barenboim's, Kleiber's 5th & 7th which I rotate through regularly. To make a long story short, I had to find out more, so I did a general search and wound up on a site new to me: MusicWeb at Peter J. Lawson's review. Excellent review, excellent writing.It was gratifying to read that my first impressions were not wholly borne by my imagination. Thank you Mr. Mullenger and Mr. Lawson (and the musicians!)
I've spent some time, since hearing the recording the other day trying, without success, to find a vendor from whom to download as high a quality as possible digital version of set because my CD player is on the fritz and I've removed the internal player from my MacBook Pro in favor of a flash drive, so I've no way to access or acquire this magnificent cycle of Beethoven's symphonies. Could someone please direct me to a source where a reliable.flac or .alac version is for sale and downloadable? Thanks very much in advance for your time and consideration!
All the best, David
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