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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 Rössl-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 Rössl-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 

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