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Beethoven: Symphony No 9, Egmont Overture / Fricsay

Release Date: 07/26/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 463626   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Irmgard SeefriedDietrich Fischer-DieskauErnst HaefligerMaureen Forrester
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraSt. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Debilitating illness and premature death prevented Ferenc Fricsay from extensive work in the studio, which is a terrible shame because virtually all of his surviving recordings are excellent. This one, DG's first stereo Ninth, remains among the best ever recorded. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what about this recording makes it so special. Certainly, there aren't any unusual or bizarre touches such as characterize Furtwängler's readings, nor does Fricsay have a particularly personal "sound," as did Klemperer with his forward wind balances. Perhaps what governs this performance more than any other single quality is rhythm: a wholly natural, impulsive, life-affirming forward momentum that makes the
Read more first two movements breathtakingly exciting, endows the very slow (18 minutes) Adagio with an unforgettably timeless grace, and caries the choral finale forward on an irresistible wave of increasing joyousness. A fine quartet of soloists, enthusiastic chorus, gorgeously expansive recorded sound (superbly remastered), and wonderful playing by the Berlin Philharmonic (by no means a consistently exceptional ensemble in 1958), set the seal on a performance that should never have been permitted to leave the active catalog. Thank God it's back. Terrific Egmont Overture too. Enjoy while you can!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Ernst Haefliger (Tenor),
Maureen Forrester (Alto)
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Good recording July 4, 2014 By Weston Williams (Chicago, IL) See All My Reviews "The performance of the pieces are top-notch. Definitely recommended." Report Abuse
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