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