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Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Furtwangler, Bayreuth


Release Date: 01/12/1999 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 66953   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Otto EdelmannElisabeth SchwarzkopfElisabeth HöngenHans Hopf
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival OrchestraBayreuth Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony given to mark the reopening of the Bayreuth Festival in 1951, with Wilhelm Furtwängler as high priest, has some memorable flaws (that agonisingly out-of-tune horn solo in the slow movement!), but this is Furtwängler’s most rhapsodic and idealistic traversal of the choral finale on record, and the whole proves an incomparably vivid concoction of energy and breadth, tradition and vision.

-- BBC Music Magazine
The performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony given to mark the reopening of the Bayreuth Festival in 1951, with Wilhelm Furtwängler as high priest, has some memorable flaws (that agonisingly out-of-tune horn solo in the slow movement!), but this is Furtwängler’s most rhapsodic and idealistic traversal of the choral finale on record, and the whole proves an incomparably vivid concoction of energy and breadth, tradition and vision.

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Otto Edelmann (Bass), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Elisabeth Höngen (Alto),
Hans Hopf (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/29/1951 
Venue:  Live  Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, Germany 
Length: 74 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 9 in D minor (Choral) Op. 125 (1997 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Symphony No. 9 in D minor (Choral) Op. 125 (1997 Digital Remaster): II. Molto vivace - Presto
Symphony No. 9 in D minor (Choral) Op. 125 (1997 Digital Remaster): III. Adagio e cantabile -Andante moderato - Adagio
Symphony No. 9 in D minor (Choral) Op. 125 (1997 Digital Remaster): IV. Presto - Prestissimo

Customer Reviews

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 Have loved this since 78lps! What a performance & May 23, 2013 By aries n. (new york, NY) See All My Reviews "In my mind this has always been my very best interpretation of the "Ninth". Had it on lp, cassette, and several cd's!" Report Abuse
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