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(...) If I would have to use a single word to try to describe this recording I would use the word energy, this recording is bursting with sound energy rhythm and color. The second word I would use is clarity, we hear a staggering amount of music details throughout the whole recording. I would qualify TACET genius tonmeister Mr Andreas Spreer of emeritus sound sculptor.
(...) Another thing I have to say about this recording is the quality of the sound take of the instrument themselves. For example I have never heard tympani so well recorded. For the winds (such as flute and french horn) I would try to describe a sense of projection of the sound and air around the instrument. We feel a bit in the orchestra, but in a perfect acoustical setting where each instrument has space to bloom. For the strings the texture is very natural and sweet (no metallic aggressiveness) and there is a very distinct sense of size between the lower strings, altos and violins, it is impossible to mismatch them.
I have listened to this recording at least 20 times, and many times with a condensed score. I do not think it is necessary to read music to appreciate it. But in this case it was really nice to follow the score and hear so much of what is on paper, all the change of dynamics and the inner musical lines are all there.
The conductor Mr Rajski extracts the maximum from his orchestra. It is a strong interpretation with a focus on respecting the score in terms of tempos, nuances and rhythm. My only small regret is that the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra is not the Berlin Philharmonic. This is more obvious in certain solo passages or in certain fast string sections. Nonetheless this is playing of a very high order which is superior to probably 90% of the Beethoven Symphony recordings. (...)
Jean-Marc Serre entire review

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