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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Shaw, Atlanta Symphony

Release Date: 04/29/2016 
Label:  Aso Media (Label)   Catalog #: 1007   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  William StoneRichard LeechBenita ValenteJanice Taylor
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony OrchestraAtlanta Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As part of the celebration of Robert Shaw's centenary the Atlanta Symphony is issuing for public sale a live recording of the Beethoven Symphony No. 9, recorded in a single concert with Mr. Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus just prior to their triumphant 1988 tour to Europe. This particular concert also marked Mr. Shaw's final appearance in Atlanta as Music Director of the orchestra.

This recording sets to rights a major gap in the recorded legacy of Robert Shaw. As a young man Robert Shaw prepared the chorus for the legendary 1952 Arturo Toscanini recording. Shaw performed it countless times in his own career. He recorded the 9th for Pro Arte in 1982 but it suffers from over mixed audio which mutes the
Read more performance. Later in the 1980s when it would have been possible to re-record the Beethoven 9th in the ongoing relationship with Telarc, the 9th was 'off the table' because Telarc had committed themselves to a complete Beethoven cycle with the Cleveland Orchestra and its then Music Director Christoph von Dohnanyi. Shortly before his death in 1999 Robert Shaw and Telarc's founding producer Robert Woods began planning a Beethoven 9th which ultimately did not come to pass.

In recent years Robert Woods has been digitizing all the historic Atlanta Symphony live broadcast tapes, including this powerful May 20, 1988 performance. Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  William Stone (Baritone), Richard Leech (Tenor), Benita Valente (Soprano),
Janice Taylor (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Length: 69 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": IV. Presto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Outstanding performance and interpretation  June 7, 2016 By Kathy R. (Zachary, LA) See All My Reviews "As with all of Robert Shaw's performances I've had the pleasure of hearing, this recording of Beethoven's 9th is absolutely superb. His ability in balancing all the musical lines, instrumental, choral, and soloists is astounding! Beethoven at its best." Report Abuse
 Masterful 9th! June 3, 2016 By David Fetz See All My Reviews "Robert Shaw and choral music have been a great match since the days of the Robert Shaw Choral. All of the major choral and Orchestra works that he recorded on Telarc with the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus are Magnificent performances in my mind and ears. This one is just as excellent. All of the performers are at the top of their form and you can feel the LOVE that exists between the Conductor and his forces. (This was his last performance as their chief) The sound quality is top notch too! A not to be missed performance for sure!" Report Abuse
 Historic performance...but May 31, 2016 By Rudolph H. (Narragansett, RI) See All My Reviews "I bought this CD because it marks the end of the sterling career of Robert Shaw and the Atlanta ensemble. His reading is fine but I found the quality of the recording to be only adequate." Report Abuse
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