Some people find the <...> performanxes to have just too too much Teutonic authoritism and rigidity. Make you own pick.
I am currently looking for a good, hopefully the best, performance on Beethoven's 9th. I am looking for historical accuracy and high sound quality. Any suggestions?
The effect of authentic performance is not merely to produce that raucous and out-oftune sound which is the inevitable result of playing imperfect instruments with techniques that have now been superseded; it is also to sever the works of the past from the living tradition that gives sense to them, to seal them hermetically within their "period," and to create a museum of musical taxidermy, with Bach, Handel, Haydn, and now Beethoven and even Schubert, exhibited as eerie carcasses.Review: Music and More
One exact repdroduction of what Beethoven would have had done in his day
As I said at the beginning of this review, everyone will have their own idea of what makes a great Ninth, but I can assure you that the above description is true to the musical facts. Vänskä's Minnesota Beethoven cycle is not yet complete. Still, there's no question that this Ninth will crown the whole magnificently and set a very high standard for modern-instrument performances in the "new" Beethoven tradition.