First let me start by saying Otto Klemperer is one of my favorite conductors, and his recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra have always stood out in a crowd. After having purchased Otto Klemperer's EMI Beethoven Symphony Cycle first as individual discs in the Klemperer Legacy series, and then as the currently available Boxed Set (in order to get his Piano Concerto Cycle with Daniel Barenboim), I was a bit annoyed at having to pick up this disc just to get his mono recording of the 5th Symphony from 1955. You see, the recording of the 7th Symphony on this disc is the great performance from 1955, which they discovered stereo reels for a few years back, but it has already been featured in the earlier Klemperer Legacy reissues and the current Box Set of the Symphony Cycle. (A CD of the performances of these same 5th and 7th Symphonies both in their mono incarnations was available in the early 90s, but that was before my classical collecting days.) Klemperer did record notoriously slow versions of the 7th in 1960 and 1968, but EMI chose not to reissue one of those unreleased performances here, most likely because they'd get sued for false advertising for issuing it under "The Great Recordings of the Century" banner. So if you are looking for a great coupling of the Beethoven's 5th and 7th, you may have come to the right place, though remember the 5th is in mono. If you're like me and can't get enough Klemperer, and were hoping this was a disc of rare treasure troves from the EMI vaults, you'll only get half of what you came for.