A friend of mine is a huge Beethoven enthusiast and is sad that her
favourite recording of the 9th symphony is a cassette that has been
loved to death and is no longer playable.
The performance is Rudolf Kempe conducting the Munich Philharmonic and
it used to be available (in Britain) on the Classics for Pleasure label.
Now, has it been picked up anywhere else on CD? I suspect it wouldn't
matter if it were only available as part of a set. In particular, I'd
love to know if it is still available in Japan as my husband is going
there in a few months. Curiously, the second (!) movement can be found
on Seraphim's 'Best Loved Classics, Volume 10', but that isn't enough.
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