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Josef Krips - Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies (Tin Can) - 2006

9-07-2014, 13:14
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Josef Krips - Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies (Tin Can) - 2006

Artist: Josef Krips
Title Of Album: Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies (Tin Can)
Year Of Release: 2006
Label: Madacy Records
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC
Total Time: 06:26:27
Total Size: 1,33gb
WebSite: Amazon

Josef Krips - Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies (Tin Can) - 2006

Josef Krips' cycle with the Beethoven symphonies - recorded by Everest in 1960 - has now appeared in at least three or four incarnations. This is the latest one. Previous editions have appeared from the Everest, Sonia and Bescol labels.

The present edition is released by Madacy, a Canadian company, and it is - quite weirdly - presented in a tin box with Beethoven's name and picture in relief. It looks like something you put cigars or cookies in, and it's too big for most ordinary CD shelves. But inside this tin box, luckily, there is a folded CD paper-plastic package with five CDs, which has normal CD package size (it's also thinner than the fat Bescol edition, which is a plus).

This is a classic cycle which all Beethoven collectors should have. As in the case of Krips' excellent Mozart and Schubert recordings, we get a very balanced and aristocratic old school interpretation, with clear contributions from the brass department. Standouts are the first, third, fifth, and seventh symphonies.

The orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, plays well, and the sound from the present CD incarnation is, if not great, acceptable. At least, it is far better than the sound that Bescol provided, which was just terrible (I have not heard the Everest and Sonia editions). A problem, however, is that the db level is generally quite low but occasionally gets somewhat higher. Strangely, however, there is not a word about remastering or any other technical fact in the booklet or anywhere else. The booklet is also silent about Krips and his cycle. Instead it gives you an essay (its author is not mentioned) about Beethoven's life.

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