Notes and Editorial Reviews
This disc of excerpts from some of Beethoven's best-known works is varied and thoughtfully selected. There are "must know" selections here, ranging from the grand (excerpts from two symphonies) to the bagatelle "Für Elise."
The 5th Symphony's Allegro con brio (1st movement) is played by the Boston Symphony conducted by Erich Leinsdorf. The performance is remarkable in its precision and rhythmic insistence. The "Moonlight" Sonata is sensitively presented and balanced by Emanuel Ax, who does a good job of bringing out inner voices. Zubin Mehta, who has achieved considerable renown in his lifetime as both an interpreter of Beethoven and as a conductor of choral works, gives a fine reading of the "Choral" Symphony No. 9. The singers here
form something of an all star cast and the presence of Marilyn Horne and Jon Vickers is especially gratifying.
Though designed for the novice listener wanting to become more familiar with Beethoven's music, this is a good all-around CD for the more advanced audiophile as well. Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral": 4th movement, Finale by Ludwig van Beethoven
Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano),
Jon Vickers (Tenor),
Margaret Price (Soprano),
Matti Salminen (Bass)
New York Choral Artists,
New York Philharmonic
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria
Length: 24 Minutes 32 Secs.
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