Beethoven: Symphony No.9, Choral
 
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Beethoven: Symphony No.9, Choral

1 Oct 2011 | Format: MP3

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14:13
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13:27
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13:16
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22:43


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct 2011
  • Label: Signum Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 Signum Records
  • Total Length: 1:03:39
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  • ASIN: B005STBQ4M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,648 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Geoff on 17 May 2012
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I had to write something to offset the one-star rating that this wonderful CD currently has due to the earlier review.

The performance here is a BBC recording of what must have been a remarkable concert of startling immediacy. There is much eloquent and natural playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Charles Mackerras' conducting is brings an attention to detail, sonority and overall conception that gives the performance a revelatory quality. The sound may not be in the studio demonstration class but it's quite adequate given the class of the performance.

I could not agree more with Andrew Clark in the FT when I wrote about this performace: "Mackerras's 1994 Edinburgh festival performance with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is one of the most thrilling Beethoven interpretations I have ever heard. It bristles with revolutionary spirit: there's no attempt to tame or otherwise civilise the sounds that Beethoven's imagination is racing to conjure into being. You feel as if the conductor can barely keep the music on a leash, such is its volcanic energy - and yet Mackerras's way with this symphony is all part of a coherent vision. The OAE play like gods and demons, with pure string timbres one moment, raw woodwinds the next, and even the slow movement catches your breath, thanks to Mackerras's ability to shed new light. The performance is crowned by a finale that clearly inspired everyone taking part."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Grygar on 16 July 2012
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A lively account that was recorded, well, live in 1994 at the Edinburgh International Festival.

That means the sound does suck a bit and lacks the sonority of a controlled environment but it's not haunted by anything atrocious (e.g. a tuberculosis outbreak) and there's a certain punchiness to it, although I would enjoy more bass where appropriate. It takes a movement for the orchestra to get into its 'enlightened' mode but after the poco maestoso, they don't look back. The lovely flute playing that can be found in the middle movements is worth the patience and maybe even the price of the disc itself.

When it comes to period performance of the Ninth, Gardiner is still my preferred choice, but this is an inspired, albeit a little disjointed record.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David35029 on 14 Mar 2012
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I purchased this CD on the recommendation of the BBC Music magazine and was very disappointed. I found the speed of some passages confusing and the balance of the recording not to my taste. Like many Beethoven fans I already have the 1977 Karajan / BPO version but am always on the lookout for something better - regrettably, this was not it.
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