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Berlin Philharmonic's Beethoven marathon a missed opportunity

Taking in the nine symphonies as a group, however ravishing, may not be the ideal way to grasp each one

It is almost impossible to present a Beethoven cycle without giving the impression that classical music is stuck in the same old canon.

New York

TAKING on Beethoven's nine symphonies in a concentrated marathon of concerts has long seemed almost a requisite undertaking for any conductor of stature - the ultimate public statement of artistic gravitas.

Still, that Simon Rattle, conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, is