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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Bohm, Bayreuther Festspiele

Release Date: 11/17/2017 
Label:  Orfeo   Catalog #: 935171  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  George LondonGrace BumbryJess ThomasGundula Janowitz
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival OrchestraBayreuth Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The well-known “classical” exception to the canon of ten Wagner works that can be performed on the Green Hill goes back to the master himself: it is of course Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. The most famous recording of one of the rare Bayreuth performances of the symphony is of the legendary concert that reopened the Bayreuth Festival after the war, in 1951, with Wilhelm Furtwangler on the rostrum. That recording was released for the first time, officially and uncut, by Orfeo in association with the Bayreuth Festival in 2008 (C754081). In 1954, Furtwangler conducted the Ninth a second time (ORFEO C851121). Much less well-known and issued here for the first time in a live recording is a performance conducted by Karl Böhm in 1963 to mark the Read more 150th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth and the 80th anniversary of his death. Here we witness the emergence of a new musical generation.



While a distinct improvement on previous exhumations which have done the rounds, Orfeo's excellent new transfer from a Bavarian Radio source only serves to clarify how much Gundula Janowitz dominated her colleagues on this occasion, though they were all more seasoned Bayreuth performers. A significant release from an historical point of view.

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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  George London (Bass Baritone), Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano), Jess Thomas (Tenor),
Gundula Janowitz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 

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