My favorite Eroica of all timeNovember 29, 2012By Tim K. (New Orleans, LA)See All My Reviews"This is still the best period instruments Eroica to me. Norrington's is comical and absurd, Gardinger's is way to fast to make any sense - Hogwood's is near perfect, and the first movement IS perfect. I'm surprised this recording doesn't have more reviews, but the establishment never seemed to like Hogwood the way they love Gardiner. The tempi are fast, faster than anything I'd ever heard in 1985, when I bought it, but not by today's standards. The AAM plays with beautiful phrasing and dynamics throughout, as if one instrument. Every line is audible, even my favorite bass part of all time near the end of the exposition in the first movement (which is almost never audible in any recording)."Report Abuse
The AAM does all nineApril 4, 2012By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ)See All My Reviews" I started collecting Hogwood's performances of the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven back in the 80's when CD was in it's infancy and period instruments were just starting to get recorded. There are very few of these performances that were not of the highest caliber and this is no exception. The AAM is one of the finest orchestras in the world and do the best job all in my opinion. If you enjoy period performances you can't miss with Hogwood and the AAM. All the Beethoven symphonies are done with great virtuosity and complete loyalty to the score. The sonics of these older recordings are not as good as they are now.
The nine symphonies are also released as a complete set by AAM and I assume it is just a rerelease of the original recordings done separately. "Report Abuse