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Beethoven:Sym 9

Daniel Barenboim Audio CD

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Daniel Barenboim, born in Buenos Aires in 1942, started piano lessons at the age of five and gave his first official concert in 1950. He made his debut as a pianist in Vienna and Rome in 1952. In 1954, he took part in Igor Markevitch’s conducting classes in Salzburg and played for Wilhelm Furtwängler, who described him as ‘a phenomenon’. In 1955 he studied with Nadia ... Read more in Amazon's Daniel Barenboim Store

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1. Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125: Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
2. Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125: Molto vivace
3. Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125: Adagio molto e cantabile
4. Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125: Finale - Presto

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5.0 out of 5 stars three excellent no. 9's 10 Feb 2002
By NotATameLion - Published on
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I own three recordings of Beethoven's ninth symphony: Furtwangler's legendary recording with the Choir and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival (ASIN: B00000GCA7), Karajan's recording from his second Beethoven Symphony cycle (ASIN: B000001GBQ), and Barenboim's recording on Erato (ASIN: B000005EBQ). I recommend all three very highly. They each represent a different interpretive style. Here is my fumbling attempt to state the positives and negatives of each...
Furtwangler's ninth is (as might be expected) a fiery, passionate affair. The choir is particularly impressive. Edelmann and Schwarzkopf are probably the best singers on any of these discs (sorry Walter Berry fans...he takes a close second here). The lone drawback of this recording is the mono sound. Yet, the EMI transfers are wonderful and it is mighty good for mono.
Karajan takes an almost opposite approach to the piece from Furtwangler's. Where Wilhelm gets fiery (sometimes brash), Herbert is more stately (a little Toscanini-ish...but that's another review). Karajan attempts to let the score speak for itself. His quartet and choir work wonderfully together. The Berlin Philharmonic is at the height of its Karajan era power in this recording. Again the main drawback is sound quality. There is a nasty hiss at the beginning of the CD and it is heard palpably throughout. Also, this is just my taste...but I feel Karajan lacks a little too much of Furtwangler's fire.
My first choice out of these three would be Barenboim's recording with the Staatskapelle Berlin. His singers and chorus are probably my least favorite of the three--yet they hold their own. The real show here is Barenboim's expansive, but still dynamic reading.
He rejects the passionate individuality of Furtwangler and the somewhat detached precision of Karajan. Instead, Barenboim allows the music to generate its own force. He allows things to take shape in their own time without ever losing an overall grasp of the piece.
The one possible problem here is the second movement. It threatens to degenerate into a meandering mist. Yet it only threatens. The powerhouse finale absolves this recording of any drawbacks. If it does not move you, I doubt anything will.
The sound is wonderfully balanced--not hazy (as the Karajan can be in parts) and not too "present" (as many, many digital versions are).
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is one of the great monuments of Western civilization. I give all three of the recordings listed here a high recommendation. If you only can get one, I recommend the Barenboim.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good buy..... 13 Nov 2004
By Rotarius - Published on
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It is not the best version of the 9th out there but it is a very good one. My only gripe is that the Erato recording lacks presence and fidelity of a newer recording even though it is one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sterling Reading 28 Aug 2000
By Jess S - Published on
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Barenboim's reading of Beethoven's 9th is one of the most scintillating I've heard. For sheer excitement, it would rank right up there with my other favorite reading of the 9th, Bernstein's Ode to Freedom.
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