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Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Leppard, RPO

Beethoven / Webster / Hill / Rpo / Leppard
Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog #: 28210   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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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 Read more 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
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 69 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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