Just when you were thinking, thank goodness, no-one seems to be doing yet another Beethoven Symphonies cycle.... another one comes along.\r\n\r\nI bought Osmo Vanska's Minnesota Orchestra disc of Beethoven 4 & 5 off ebay last week, got it on Tuesday. Basically, its stonking. Which is the complete opposite of stinking by the way.\r\n\r\nEverything I've heard of Vanska on record has been good and this is no exception. I'm not going to go into specifics of why because I'm no music critic but these performances are really alive and spontaneous and you can really get into them. And the sound is superb too (but then I've never heard a less than excellent recording from BIS yet).