Notes and Editorial Reviews
Leppard's Ninth is characterized by orchestral detailing. In the opening Allegro, the accent is on "ma non troppo"—it's deliberate compared to Karajan, but not so much as Furtwängler (EMI, newly added to the "Great Recordings of the Century" series), who feels weightier and stresses the "maestoso." The recorded sound is again superb. The second movement is expansive at 16 minutes plus, but feels perfectly paced in context; it is more controlled than Karajan's sprint but it doesn't drag. The Adagio is less deliberate than the first two movements, but not so much as to blur the contrast between the three tempo markings. In the fourth movement (which is divided into two index points), Robert Hayward (I'm
guessing at his voice range—the notes give no indication) is a light-toned but heroic soloist; the others are well matched with him. The finale is carried off in splendid fashion, the clean sound capturing the voices with notable clarity (perhaps partly due to the Ambrosian Singers' chamber-size chorus).
– Christopher Abbot, Fanfare, reviewing a prior issue of this recording Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria
Length: 69 Minutes 1 Secs.
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