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Beethoven: Symphonies No 5 & 9 / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic

Release Date: 03/31/2015 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2072724  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anna Tomowa-SintowRené KolloAgnes BaltsaJosé van Dam
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Released for the first time on Blu-ray Disc, this rehearsal and the performances pay tribute to the legendary Herbert von Karajan.The recording of Beethoven’s 5th from the mid-sixties offers insights into his role not only as a leading conductor but also as a pioneer in new media and filming techniques.Karajan, responsible for the thrilling visual direction, chose as director the famed Henri-Georges Clouzot (“Quai des Orfèvres” and “Wages of Fear”).The rousing interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic was recorded live on new Year’s Eve, 1977 in Berlin.

(Blu-ray Disc Version)

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Symphony No. 5 in C
Read more Minor, Op. 67 (rehearsal and performance)
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, “Choral”

Anna Tomowa-Sintow, soprano
Agnes Baltsa, mezzo-soprano
Rene Kollo, tenor
Jose Van Dam, baritone

Berlin Opera Chorus
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan, conductor

Recorded in Berlin, January 1966 (Symphony No. 5) and 31 December 1977 (Symphony No. 9)

Picture format: 1080/60i (Upscale) 16:9 (Symphonies)

Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: German, English, French
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 98 mins (performances) + 21 mins (rehearsal)
No. of Discs: 1 (Blu-ray) Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anna Tomowa-Sintow (Soprano), René Kollo (Tenor), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano),
José van Dam (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1977 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Dissappointed June 16, 2015 By Jorge Alcover (Barcelona, Spain) See All My Reviews "Both works were already available on DVD. Unlikely the conversion of the 9th from 4:3 to 16:9 doesen't gives any improvment because the scren shows a black bar in each side of the screeen affecting the total vision Good sound." Report Abuse
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