This is a state-of-the-art restoration of Walter's celebrated mono Beethoven cycle.
Digital restorations (2004) by John Wilson, assisted by Aaron Z. Synder.
Not for sale in the USA.
When the individual recordings first appeared, here is what prominent reviews said:
SYMPHONY NO. 1
"I haven?t heard a more exquisitely phrased, more potent First than this."
SYMPHONY NO. 2 IN D MAJOR, OP. 36
SYMPHONY NO. 4 IN B-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 60
"Walter has done a fine job, with plenty of gusto, vigor and singing gentleness."
SYMPHONY NO. 3 IN E-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 55, "EROICA"
"This will be the ultimate in ?Eroica? playing for a good while?a dedicated performance, taut, ultra-clear, beautifully phrased."
SYMPHONY NO. 5 IN C MINOR, OP. 67
"This is the only version I would be interested to possess, both for the quality of the recording and interpretation. Bruno Walter avoids grim fierceness without sacrificing tension; the woodwinds play with mellifluous tone; the lower strings are vigorously healthy in the scherzo."
SYMPHONY NO. 6 IN F MAJOR, OP. 68 "PASTORAL" ?With the Philadelphia Orchestra
"I have not for years enjoyed a recorded Beethoven symphony so well."
SYMPHONY NO. 7 IN A MAJOR, OP. 92
"Top rank?the all-important rhythmic distinctions, the proper swinging six-eight of the first movement vs. the pounding short threes of the scherzo, are superbly realized."
SYMPHONY NO. 8 IN F MAJOR, OP. 93
"There is an admirable firmness in Walter?s playing, an unmistakable enthusiasm,?vital and compelling reproduction."
The American Record Guide
SYMPHONY NO. 9 IN D MINOR, OP. 125, "CHORAL"
"Dr. Walter?s performance is the most romantically aspiring of all, harmonically weightier than the others and voluptuously phrased."
— High Fidelity
(6 CD set) BRUNO WALTER?S BEETHOVEN:The classic 1941-53 Columbia mono recordings of all the Symphonies with the New York and Philadelphia Orchestras; with Bonus CD: early versions of the 3rd and 5th, from 1941. CD 1 (1:11:03) Symphony No 1 in C Major, Op. 21, Symphony No 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica". CD 2 (1:04:07) Symphony No 2 in D Major, Op. 36, Symphony No 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60. CD 3 (1:11:07) Symphony No 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, Symphony No 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastorale". CD 4 1:00:08) Symphony No 7 in A Major, Op. 92, Symphony No 8 in F Major, Op. 93. CD 5 (1:05:12) Symphony No 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 — Irma Gonzalez, soprano; Elena Nikolaidi, contralto; Raoul Jobin, tenor; Mack Harrell, baritone;Westminster Choir, John Finley Williamson, director. CD 6 (1:18:29) Symphony No 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica", Symphony No 5 in C Minor, Op. 67.
Digital restorations (2004) by John Wilson, assisted by Aaron Z. Synder. AAD [UPC # 017685 113727] Not for sale in the USA.