Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, & 8/Nos. 3 & 4/No. 5/No. 6/No. 7/No. 9

You’re thinking, do we really need a new complete set of Beethoven symphonies, especially from an unfamiliar orchestra and conductor? Well, if you’re an audiophile of the analog persuasion, you may conclude that these six vinyl releases (Nos. 5, 6, and 7 are available as single LPs while the other symphonies appear on 2-LP sets) are, in fact, indispensable. The German label TACET’s devotion to older recording methodologies is apparent from the generously annotated gatefold album covers that feature large photos of the vintage tube microphones—Neumann U 47s, U 67s, and M 49s—employed to produce these recordings. The amplifiers and …