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More intriguing for those familiar with the are recordings by Mengelberg/Concertgebouw (1940, Music & Arts), Furtwangler/Philharmonia (1954, Tahra), Abendroth (Leipzig 1953, Arlecchino; Berlin 1950, Tahra; or Leipzig 1950, Tahra) and Stokowski/London (1969, Decca), who add deeply personal yet musically compelling touches. Successful attempts to replicate the more intimate and forceful "sound" of Beethoven's day, through the reduced forces, authentic instruments and performance practices of his era, are heard in the versions by the London Classical Players under Norrington (1987, EMI), the Hanover Band (1988, Nimbus) and the Academy of Ancient Music under Hogwood (1989, L'Oiseau-lyre).

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