I'm looking for an HIP set of Beethoven symphonies to supplement my Norrington set. Specifically, I'd like alternates for #5, 6, 7, and 9 -- to my ears, Norrington's 5th seems just a bit too hard-driven, and the 6th is somewhat lackluster in the middle movements. His account of the 7th is marvellous, except that I prefer a slightly slower 2nd movement. I find his 9th simply godawful (apologies to anybody who likes it). Norrington's other 5 suit me right down to the ground -- especially #3 and 8, which I consider the state of the art for those 2.
I've tried Hogwood's 7th, which seems anemic, and (gauging from online samples as well as reviews), I'm not sure Immerseel has enough fire in his belly for Beethoven. That leaves Bruggen and Gardiner. Any comments on either or both would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!