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 Composer  Beethoven  
 Composition    Leonore Overture No. 2  
 Ensemble  NBC Symphony  
 Date  1939.11.25  
 Location  Studio 8-H  
 Session  Broadcast  

Naxos best tonal balance but not anywhere near the dynamic range of FM and GS. I don't know whether it is true dynamics or whether the original had somebody riding the gain knob to remove the original dynamics and then somebody did the reverse for the FM and GS.

Both FM and GS have really nasty sounding brass that I can only barely tame with

EQ of 0 0 0 0 0 -4 -8 -10 -4 +4.

ATS similar to Naxos with somewhat less highs and pitched 1% fast.

NE poor with some coloration.

My favorite Leonore Overture.  

 Label    Issue    Album Title    Format  
 Naxos    8.110813    Toscanini: Beethoven Sym. No. 8, Leonore 1, 2    CD  
 Franklin Mint    TOSC 4    Symphonies, Vol. 2    LP  
 RCA    09026-60267-2    AT Collection Vol 45    CD  
 The Arturo Toscanini Society/Olympic    ATS 1111    Toscanini: Beethoven Overtures    LP  
 Nuova Era    2243-8    Toscanini: Beethoven Nine Symphonies . Overtures    CD