CD 1: Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E-flat. Op.55 (MDR S.O., Leipzig, 24 Jan. 1949). Wagner: A Faust Overture (Berlin Philharmonic, 22 Sep. 1944). CD 2: Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in d, with Edith Laux-Heidenreich, Sop., Eva Fleischer, Alto, Bernd Aldenhoff, Ten. & Karl Paul, Basso (Leipzig R.O. and Choir, 11 Jun. 1950). CD 3: Schumann: Symphony No.4 in d (MDR S.O., 28 Mar. 1950); Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in e (MDR S.O., 15 Feb. 1950). CD 4: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, with Wilhelm Kempff (Breslau R.O., 13 Apr. 1939); Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d: Finale only, with Lea Piltti, Sop., Charlotte Wolf-Matthaüs, Alto, Heinz Matthei, tenor & Josef Greindl, Basso (Gewandhaus Orchestra and Choir, Leipzig, 31 Dec. 1939). A co-production with Deutches Rundfunkarchiv and MDR, Leipzig. UPC# 0-17685-10652-1. Special: 4 CDs priced as 3.
"This Music&Arts set is perhaps the single best introduction to Abendroth, because of the consistent high level of its performances and Maggie Payne's excellent transfer work. Mark Kluge's informative and insightful notes are a nice extra bonus. This set is essential to those interested in the Central European conducting tradition as it was practiced in the middle of the 20th century."
–Henry Fogel, Fanfare