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Beethoven: Symphony no 9 / Bernstein, Vienna PO & Chorus

Release Date: 09/12/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 410859   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dame Gwyneth JonesHanna SchwarzRené KolloKurt Moll
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Singverein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...The Symphony No. 9, from his complete Vienna Philharmonic symphony cycle, remains one of the great performances for its bold concept, brilliant execution, and overall sense of drama. From first note to last, Bernstein is alive to every inflection, every nuance in Beethoven's score (even a few that aren't, like the string portamentos in the Adagio). For the finale Bernstein assembled a quartet of soloists whose individual timbres make for some unusually piquant combined textures. Best of all is Kurt Moll, whose exquisitely beautiful voice rings with the same humanity and depth of feeling that made him such a fine Gurnemanz for Karajan. Bernstein's overall approach is decidedly old-school (listen to those wonderfully lugubrious cello Read more recitatives in the finale's introduction), and I must say it's a welcome relief after a year that brought us Abbado's coldly denatured Berlin rendition and Maximianno Cobra's obscene, 110-minute-long leviathan on DVD.

-- Victor Carr Jr.,
reviewing this recording reissued as part of DG 469262
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano), Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), René Kollo (Tenor),
Kurt Moll (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1979 
Venue:  Live  Vienna State Opera House 
Length: 71 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 

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