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Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Karajan, Et Al

Release Date: 08/10/2004 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000290116   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gundula JanowitzWaldemar KmenttHilde Rössel-MajdanWalter Berry
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Singverein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Deutsche Grammophon's new SACD transfer brings added presence and impact to Herbert von Karajan's 1962 Beethoven Ninth--the best of his three stereo efforts. Karajan's focused drive continues to impress even today--the first movement launches with a clear trajectory that carries through to the powerful final bars, and picks up again with a brisk and biting scherzo. The finale's opening is better balanced here than on the conductor's later efforts, which give too much prominence to the woodwinds. Karajan's traditional approach makes for a ponderous middle section ("Seid umschlungen"), but this was pretty much how it was done in those days. What was more uncommon was the Berlin Philharmonic's polished, virtuoso playing, as well as Karajan's Read more smooth, streamlined phrasing, qualities that make his rendition a bit less gripping than the somewhat grittier renditions by Szell, Bernstein, or Wand. DG's spacious recording, made in Berlin's Jesus Christus Kirche, captures the full range of the orchestra with admirable fidelity--especially the low end, with the double basses resounding with greater immediacy in the new format. An eminently collectable performance, and not just for Karajan fans.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor), Hilde Rössel-Majdan (Alto),
Walter Berry (Bass)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Jesus Christus-Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 67 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

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 The Other Great Karajan-Beethoven Ninth May 13, 2016 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "If I had never heard the 1976 Karajan performance of the Ninth, I would be quite content with this 1962 version. However, I think that during those 15 years Karajan came to a better understanding of Beethoven's Ninth. Now, mind you,this is just my personal opinion and is certainly not equal to that of the experts. Eventhough I may prefer the later performance and recording there is certainly room in the collection for this SACD. This SACD remastering sounds really good for a recording that is over a half century old. My only real criticism of this disc is the somewhat inflated $22- price (the same as the Blu-ray of the '76 performance). In any case, you can never have too much Beethoven, can you?" Report Abuse
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