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
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., ClassicsToday.com
reviewing this recording reissued as part of DG 469262
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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