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The best of the pimped out 9th14 Aug. 2013
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Format: Audio CD
Americanism pimped out Beethoven's 9th, effectively ruining it for me but even so, whenever I go binging on Furtwangler or Karajan the symphony once again becomes listenable. I absolutely cannot and refuse to listen to it under any other conductor, even Tennstedt. The car commercials, Die-Hards and general idiocy of Liberalism have taken a toll. Beethoven's 5th is almost as dead. Just yesterday I stumbled across a youtube video, by pure chance, and a Jay Leno bad-breath reel used the infamous first movement for shock treatment. The imbeciles being interviewed would open their mouth, blow into Leno's face and the 'BAHM' 'BAHM' 'BAH BAAAAAAMMMMM' would deliver the toilet-humor's effect. Of course, it wouldn't make sense to use the 5th for this purpose if it hadn't already been vulgarized.
This is the 1942 Furtwangler/Berlin 9th, by far his best and clearly the best ever conceived by anyone. There are multiple re-mastered versions of it. I prefer this one to the 2006 Music&Art's and the more technically sophisticated one recently done by Pristine Classical. The Pristine version does possess the clarity of stereo but the mono's singular sound is greatly diminished, so it sounds like primitive stereo. The Music&Arts version is good but doesn't have the strong mid-range of this version. This is really, really good mono.