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

Release Date: 09/04/2011 
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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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gwyneth Jones, Hanna Schwarz, Ren‚ Kollo, Kurt Moll; Vienna Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein. Deutsche Grammophon 410 859-2 (recorded live, September 1979)

By the time of his traversal of the Beethoven symphonies with the Viennese, a cycle grandly capped by this rendition of the Ninth, Bernstein had decided that he would make recordings, almost without exception, only in conjunction with live performances. Under concert conditions, certain things occasionally do go awry, but there is often a feeling of cohesion to a performance that is difficult to duplicate in the studio. And when Lenny was conducting a concert, he almost always struck sparks with the musicians on stage.

That is certainly the case with this
Read more account. It has an electrifying intensity throughout, together with a magnificent sense of sweep and rhetorical point that are precisely the qualities of the concert performance I heard Bernstein and the VPO give in Washington, D.C. in November, 1979, and that I recall still as being among the most exciting of my musical experiences. The recording is good, but somewhat veiled in climaxes. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

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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