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If you’re looking for a real bargain set of Beethoven’s complete symphonies, look no further. David Zinman leads the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich through the big nine. Unconventional–this is the world-premiere, modern-instrument recording of the New Barenreiter Edition (translation: slight variations in the scoring)–and with Zinman’s typically fast tempos, these are spirited, though probably not definitive, performances. Herbert Von Karajan’s 1963 cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies must still be considered the essential versions and, costing only 10 dollars more than this set, it’s just as much of a bargain. But, for Beethoven lovers on a tight budget, folks looking to add one more Beethoven cycle to their music library, or experts who want to hear what the fuss of the Barenreiter Edition is about, this set shouldn’t be passed up. Zinman and Tonhalle have delivered a winner, with excellent sound and a great sticker price. –Jason Verlinde