This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Martti Talvela (Bass),
James King (Tenor),
Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano),
Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 3 Customer Reviews )
well-paced, full of life and exquisite vocal solo January 13, 2015
By jeffry k. (guilford, CT) See All My Reviews
"well-paced with a lively 2nd movement and amazing vocals. after listening to this i decided to listen to abbado's version, and felt the latter was dull and workmanlike. then i noticed that in the 2nd movement, for example, shmidt-isserstedt is a bit over 10 min, abbado over 13. barenboim was 15! karajan from the early 60's was a bit over 10 min but felt hurried instead of lively. bernstein, leading the vpo, at 11 min wasn't bad, but didn't have the life and energy of s-i's vpo. reading reviews of other versions, some speak very highly of fricsay's version- i listened and it is, indeed, good. the 2nd movement, for comparison, is 10:30 and has the same kind of propulsive thrust as s-i's. fricsay had a very good vocal quartet, too, and the baritone dietrich fischer-dieskau does well by his part. otoh, the bass martti talvela, in this version, sounds like the voice of god. i'm sure i needn't say much about the quality of the other vocalists here- marilyn horne and joan sutherland are so well-known that even i [very much not an opera buff] knew of them, the tenor- james king, and the bass were names i didn't know, but are of similar stellar quality. highly recommended,"
I have loved this particular recording for over 2 June 10, 2014
By alice r. rogers (east los angeles, CA) See All My Reviews
"I wear out my cd on a regular basis, so I expect to order this same cd again"
The Ninth Straight Up November 10, 2013
By Matthew Brown (Saint Augustine, FL) See All My Reviews
"Here is purity of tempo, phrasing and detail. This is the finest Beethoven Ninth of which I am aware. You will get an overall experience not an episodic one that is so common, there is no bravura here. It is a performance enhanced by a wonderful recording, you hear as the conductor intended not heavy handed recording engineers with too many sliders and dials. Embrace this musically and technically pure performance. I have the vinyl of this which is wonderful also but this CD is close to that experience."