Notes and Editorial Reviews
Ludwig Van Beethoven, with his serious visage and forceful compositions, has such a reputation for profundity that people often overlook the range of his expression. The piercing imagery of his Fifth Symphony has colored the public's impression of so much of his work. He was, however, a man of many moods.
The lyricism and joy found in his Seventh Symphony is full of romance. Lifting spirits with his inimitable use of strings, Beethoven builds extraordinary themes on a grand scale. The Eighth Symphony, with its dance-like rhythms has a more proper, refined charm, notably in the 'Tempo di Menuetto' movement.
On the other hand, the Ninth is one of the composer's more severe compositions. Its fire and brimstone urgency releases its
tension for some beautiful harmonies, only to pull taut once again. Culminating in the 'Ode to Joy,' (translated lyrics begin with "O friends, no more of these sounds! Let us sing more cheerful songs"), the conclusion shows both a joyous, even pious, levity and sense of humor. Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 09/1974
Venue: Musikvereisaal, Vienna, Austria
Length: 39 Minutes 2 Secs.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 03/1975
Venue: Severence Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
Length: 26 Minutes 10 Secs.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Helen Donath (Soprano),
Teresa Berganza (Alto),
Wieslaw Ochman (Tenor),
Thomas Stewart (Bass)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 01/1975
Venue: Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany
Length: 69 Minutes 57 Secs.
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