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Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Symphony 9 (DG The Originals)

Ferenc Fricsay Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2011)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B000056TKC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ouverture Egmont Op. 84 - Sols/St Hedwigs Cath
2. Symphonie Nr. 9 d-moll Op. 125 - Sols/St Hedwigs Cath

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among The Best 4 Jun 2001
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I bought this thinking there must be a reason DG is reissuing it in addition to the Karajan 1963 version, they must have thought it has some merit. It does, and I favor it over all the Karajan editions, over everything I have (Stokowski, Furtwangler, Klemperer, Bernstein, Blomstedt, Sinopoli/DG, Muti, Walter - yes even the NYPO version)except Schmidt-Issterstedt (Decca). I was amazed. Its the rhythim, the caring about every note, the balance, the dynamics, the lack of acceleration/deceleration that many conductors indulge in, and the sound of St-Hedwigs Kathedrale choir. Each note is shaped with more care than Karajan (1963). The choir sounds more natural than Karajan's choir. On the minus sides there is tape hiss, and a few dropouts in the first movement, but only 2 and for a very short duration. And yet I have not seen a previous review of this in any publication including Penguin. Even Stereophile's Choral symphony roundup (June 1990) did not include this version (1957). A top version, if I were to be allowed only 2, it would be this and the Schmidt-Issertedt/VPO version (Decca). I would advise getting it before DG deletes it, Fricsay is not as famous as Karajan. This must be released in the USA, I hope someone from Universal will hear this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fricsay at his best 27 Mar 2006
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A must for all Beethoven lovers!
Once again this recording made afirms my beliefs that Fricsay deserves his place among legends such as Toscanini, Furtwängler or Klemperer (with great awe to all conductors not mentioned).
The clarity of the conducting, each tone where it should be, and the tempi... ah the tempi, a joy and delight to my ears. The best Presto I have ever heard, being on the verge of sheading tears throughout the movement... and I thought that I had heard the before!
It must be heard, since no words can describe the work of a genious such as Beethoven, conducted by the brilliant Fricsay backed by the BPO, 4 remarkable soloists and an utter most natural singing by the St. Hedwig-Cathedral Choir.
If Klemperers Fidelio/Solemnis, or Giulini's Don Giovanni has a speciall place in you heart, this will be the main vein.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb in every sense 2 Oct 2006
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I cannot but wholeheartedly share my colleagues' enthusiasm for this recording. I grew up with it (and, in fact still own the original 2-LP red album shown in this CD's cover, numbered by DGG -yes, back then they had an extra "D" in their name- as 138002/3 SLPM, one of their very first essays in the then novel stereophonic technology) and it still remains very close to me. Besides the 9th Symphony and the Egmont Overture presented in this reissue, the original release included an excellent rendition of the Leonora Overture No. 3, left out now (I suppose) so that a second CD would not be needed. The CD's higher transfer volume helps in bringing the sound closer to the listener (DGG apparently having decided to play it safe when their engineers cut the LPs' masters in 1958) and conferring to it an immediacy and transparency new to me whilst preserving its beautiful tone.

There's not much I can add to what has been written by others in this site, apart perhaps that by 1957 the Berlin Philharmonic still was very much, staff-wise, what it was under Furtwangler and it shows in this recording's sonority. After all, the grand old man had died scarcely 3 years before these works were put into tape, Karajan had just taken over the orchestra as chief conductor and the lean, muscular and to-the-point sound that became characteristic under his long regime was still two or three years into the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best... 27 Mar 2008
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Simply the Best 9th. Even compared by Klemperers, Fürtwänglers, Karajans, Soltis, Harnoncourts, Norringtons and Abbado etc. 9th. 5 super stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best stereo recording of the Ninth 29 Dec 2012
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Beethoven's Ninth is one of the greatest pieces of music ever written. The more significant I find a piece, the more recordings I try to put my hands on, because usually different recordings highlight different aspects of the same piece, so I'm not much of a partisan of any recording in particular, even though there are some that I tend to listen to many more times than to others. I currently own over fifteen recordings of the Ninth (I still don't own many that others mention in their reviews here and elsewhere as definitive, so I guess I'll keep purchasing more and more recordings in the future), and this is among the top 2 I listen to, the other one being Furtwängler's 1954 Lucerne recording (Beethoven - Symphony No.9 (Hybrid SACD)).

It's approach is quite different from Furtwängler, it feels tighter, much less subjective, the tempi are generally faster (the Adagio actually feels as slow and beautiful to me as Furtwängler's recordings, even though it takes up roughly 5-10% less time than the Furtwängler recordings I own, the reason is probably that the Scherzo is so much faster, proceeding at a breakneck tempo), and altogether it's more dramatic, which I tend to like. Don't mistake me, Furtwängler's recordings also have drama, and also rank among the greatest recordings ever (I am never sure if I could only take one which one I would choose, a late Furtwängler recording or this Fricsay, but I hope I'll never have to make that choice), and depending on the mood one can always prefer one over the other.
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