Weingartner's "Eroica" has long been considered to be one of his two greatest recorded achievements (the other being the Ninth, although I would personally extend this list, somewhat). Here, it comes alive in probably the best transfer it has received, on CD or LP (the Preiser comes close, but the Naxos has a little more "top." The performance is very flexible and spontaneous in tempo, while maintaining the forward thrust and architecture that holds the work together. The Fourth Symphony is every bit as good, especially the moderate tempo for the Finale, which allows for the interplay of the chattering string figurations played against the rather leisurely pace; something similiar can be found in the Finale of Mozart's 39th Symphony, in Weingartner's London Philharmonic rendition. The sound of the Fourth is much improved in this transfer, with the rather dull and boxy sound of the original suitably brightened up. I understand that one regular reviewer regards this as his favorite "Eroica"; I would not argue with anyone over that sentiment. Incidentally, Christopher Dyment, in his "Weingartner: Recollections and Recordings", speaks a great deal about this performance of the "Eroica" and remarks on how it resembles Richard Wagner's performance, as described by Eduard Hanslick. It seems that Weingartner, far from being a "modernist" in the sense of Toscanini, actually followed a rather strict Wagnerian course of interpretation; it is well known that Wagner warned about arbitrary and random tempo fluctuations, as seeming practiced later on by his disciple, Hans von Buelow, whom Weingartner criticized for his mannered way with the classics. At any rate, here is another of the great Weingartner Beethoven recordings, one that belongs in every music lover's CD collection.