If you happen to not have Beethoven 1 in your collection, and do not want to spring for a set, there are literally dozens of options out there. I think the best bet would be the classic Szell/Cleveland release. Along with a great 6th, there is some great conducting, good energy and good sound.
Originally Published on: Jun 18, 2012 The Szell Beethoven Box Set with the Cleveland Orchestra is currently out of print on CD, but 4 individual CD’s are still part of the Sony Essential Classics series, and well worth getting. Symphonies 4 & 7 are only available from ArchivMusic through their ArchivCD program at full price, the other sets are 1 & 6, 2 & 5, 3 & 8 and Symph 9 with Fidelio Overture. These are also available as MP3 albums,…
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Serkin / Szell / Cleveland Orchestra
Great Performances No. 66
Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra recorded a selection of Haydn’s later symphonies, and Sony has compiled them into another budget box set. Symphonies 93-98 have been released in various incarnations, but some of the other recordings are new to CD. Art is from one of the earlier LP releases. Haydn Symphonies at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1lOTece
George Szell conducting Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 circa 1947. Details and recording at: http://archive.org/details/MendelssohnSymphonyNo.4-szell
George Szell conducting Strauss’Till Eulenspiegel circa 1948. Details and recording at: http://archive.org/details/StraussTillEulenspiegel-szell
George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra, Schumann Symphony No. 4, circa 1947. Details and links: http://archive.org/details/SchumannSymphonyNo.4
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 – Szell / Cleveland Orch.