Originally Posted by FiveFiveFive
I know you picked it by accident, but there's the problem -- the Norrington recording is a POS. Is it the one with the London Classical Players?
That's like basing your opinion of the "Rach 3" off David Helfgott's recording.
In a way, that is my point: if it take an orchestra "better" than Norrington and LCP to make it sound OK, then there is a problem. Great music should be able to survive a variety of different interpretations. Realisation is important, but a composition should still be OK "in the score".
Original instruments is not everyone's cup of tea, but after all it was what Beethoven was working with. The recording of 7th I have is Collegium Aureum, and I really like it. They were somewhat less "authentic" than other original instrument groups (a bit Harnoncourt-like), but I like their recordings, especially Handel Op6. Now there's some great music...