Interesting comment by Zander and one that I would agree with. Based on the posts in the conductors thread I bought the Zander Beethoven 9, 7 and 5. My personal faves for adherence to the score are Kleiber, Wiengartner, the 1938 Toscanini and Reiner. For a very detailed analysis of how most recordings of the 5th don't accurately follow Beethoven’s score I highly recommend Gunther Schuller's book The Complete Conductor which also has a detailed analysis of recordings of the Brahm's 1st and several other works from the standard repertoire. Schiller also has a recording of these works that totally adhere to the score which are worth listening to. Schuller is a long time orchestral musician, a composer, a champion for conducting contemporary music and also thinks that Kleiber is the greatest living conductor. Zander's propaganda on the liner notes was a little hard to swallow so I listened carefully to each performance following along with the score. In my opinion Zander's performances fall far short of his claims. Yes, he does play the works at tempo but so does Toscanini and for the most part Weingartner, Kleiber (5 and 7), and Reiner. But there is far more to conducting a Beethoven symphony than proper tempo. The Zander recording of the Ninth in particular shows very little demonstration of an understanding of the incredible structural unity that Beethoven achieved from linking of the thematic, rhythmic and harmonic elements of the composition. Zander’s commentary is particularly dismissive of Furtwangler but listening to the Lucerne Festival 1954 performance with score in hand with demonstrate my point on structure. The recording and playing is excellent the singing only OK. The performances of 5 and 7 are somewhat better but suffer from similar problems and do not illuminate what makes these symphonies such magnificent works of art. More to the point, after listening to the alternatives to Zander’s performance, I doubt that it would be the performance that many would want to return to over the others mentioned unless sound is your only criteria.