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Bruno Walter Edition - Beethoven: Symphony No 9

Release Date: 05/16/1995 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 64464   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emilia CundariNell RankinAlbert Da CostaWilliam Wildermann
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Bruno Walter. Sony Classical SMK 64460 [Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, with Coriolan Overture]; 64461 [Nos. 3 (Eroica) and 8]; 64462 [Nos. 4 and 6 (Pastorale)]; 64463 [Nos. 5 and 7]; and 64464 [No. 9]

Walter recorded the Beethoven symphonies in stereo for Columbia in 1958-59, taping No. 9 in New York and Nos. 1-8 in Los Angeles with orchestras of freelance and studio musicians who rose magnificently to the occasion. Walter was in his eighties, but that didn’t stop him from grabbing these works by the throat; there is no mincing around, no effusive lingering over phrases, no ponderous trudging either. The even-numbered symphonies are sunny and outgoing, full of the warmth the conductor exuded during his
Read more Indian-summer years in the studio. Yet the drama of the odd-numbered works is not slighted. Walter’s account of the Fifth, for example, is an intensely expressive one in which lyricism and thrust are in perfect balance, an evocation of stormy Romanticism at its best. The recordings have held up extremely well; the sound on these 20-bit CDs is spacious yet detailed, with amazing presence and solidity. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection, reviewing Bruno Walter's recordings of Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, with Coriolan Overture]; 64461 [Nos. 3 (Eroica) and 8]; 64462 [Nos. 4 and 6 (Pastorale)]; 64463 [Nos. 5 and 7]; and 64464 [No. 9]. Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emilia Cundari (Soprano), Nell Rankin (Mezzo Soprano), Albert Da Costa (Tenor),
William Wildermann (Bass)
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso (Voice)
II. Molto vivace (Voice)
III. Adagio molto e cantabile (Voice)
IV. Presto (Voice)
Rezitativo - Allegro assai (text: Schiller's Ode to Joy "An die Freude") (Voice)

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