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Beethoven: Symphony No.9 'Choral' CD

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  • Performer: Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Agnes Baltsa, Peter Schreier, Jose van Dam
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Herbert Von Karajan
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G6W
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Yes, the pundits were right: This is the Ninth to end all Ninths. I have yet to hear a finer version; not even from Karajan himself, who made three stereo versions of this great swan song of a symphony. The Deutsche Grammophon rather curiously chose the 1962 production for their 'Originals' (or Legendary Recordings) series, but it is less serene and sometimes haste, and the intended epitaph of 1982 is somewhat marred by the rashness of the early digital sound and the thin, flawed singing of the soprano.
No such quibbles with the analogue 1977 version here; the fruition of Karajan's long-standing partnership with the Berlin Philharmonics and the Wiener Singverein chorus. Beethoven does not waste a beat in his arguably finest symphony, and nor does his great champion Karajan, as becomes evident from the very first boom of the timpani. The slow movement is one of extraordinary serene beauty and lyricism; it takes a whopping 16'50 to perform, but escapes all sentimentality through the sheer expansiveness of its shape. The celebrated finale has thrilling animal excitement and drama; it is taken very fast but never sounds rushed - a great testimony to the skills of the Berlin forces and their perfectionist maestro. Here, 'nobility' is the keyword throughout the performance.
The all-important soloists make possibly the greatest team Karajan ever managed to muster. They are also very good individually with, perhaps, the youthful bass-baritone José van Dam outstanding. But fine contributions all around, and the same applies to the cultivated singing of the Vienna chorus.
Unfortunately the liner notes do not offer any suggestions as to the whereabouts of the recording.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. M. Tobe on 28 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
As everybody knows or should know, this is one of the greatest and most exciting pieces of music ever composed. This edition is even more exciting than the others because of a slight difference concerning the rythm in de finale.
Otherwise this performance is one of the best as well. Director, orchestra, choir and soloists are really very good. And that at bargain price!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Kernaghan on 20 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This recording of the Ninth is widely celebrated and sometimes ranked as the best version Karajan offered (the Penguin, for example). I haven't heard all of his recordings of this symphony, but would agree that, in comparison with his 1963 version, this is much better. I also agree that it is one of the great Ninths. Karajan is never just routine in this recording, he always surprises you with great lush playing alternating with fast and biting tempos. The finale is particularly impressive: the playing is just tremendous. The lovely passages at the end of the third movement are hauntingly beautiful and the first two movements are exciting, whilst not sacrificing genuine feeling. This is all capped off by a very successful quartet of soloists. Jose van Dam really deserves highest praise and he never sounds strained. This part isn't easy to pull off, so he's work is notably impressive. Tomowa-Sintow is completely different to Janowitz, but sounds just as good. Baltsa has that distinctive voice to offer and Schreier's performance is satisfactory but nothing more. Overall, it ranks third for me in the list of Beethoven Ninth recordings: the Furtwangler 1951 performance at Bayreuth and Solti's 1972 version reach Olympian heights. But that doesn't take away from Karajan's achievement here, which definitely deserves five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. Rologas on 30 Sept. 2014
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Far from being the most exciting 9th ever as one reviewer suggests it isn't even Karajan's best Beethoven 9! The finale is impressive but the early movements are pretty prosaic and in poor, boxy sound. Karajan's 1963 recording (ie fourteen years earlier) has much better, warmer sound and a more energetic performance up until the finale which sounds like it was recorded in a completely different acoustic (and perhaps it was?). If you're looking for a Beethoven 9 from Karajan the recording to go for is his electrifying 1948 EMI performance with an unbeatable cast of soloists and surprisingly good sound (for 1948).
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By Mark T on 5 July 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There is, in my opinion, no single perfect recording of Beethoven's Ninth. This is one that comes pretty close, and is a perfect introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the work.

For me, the highlight here is the third - Adagio molto e cantabile - movement, which is the best I've ever heard. If von Karajan ever drew more beautiful playing from the strings of The Berlin Philharmonic, I'd love to hear it. Simply sublime.

My "criticisms" of the other three movements - and I'm nitpicking to a degree that, I suspect, only fellow "geeks" will understand - are my usual ones with this work: the first movement is taken slightly too quickly and therefore lacks a little grandeur; the second movement is a little too "civilised"; the fourth movement just isn't loud and joyful enough!

Call me a philistine (and you wouldn't be the first or last) but, through the miracle of digital music, I've made a compilation of what is, in my opinion, the "perfect" Ninth and, as I'm feeling generous, I'll share it.

I took the first and fourth movements from Otto Klemperer's recording with The Philharmonia. I don't think anyone has made a better recording of those two movements and, now available with re-mastered sound, you'd never guess they were from 1959. For the second movement, I've gone for Leonard Bernstein's 1964 recording with The New York Philharmonic, which is louder and more exuberant than any other version I've heard - just as it should be. The third movement is from this disc.

It shouldn't work, but it does. If anyone reading this owns the three necessary recordings - well, try it and see!

But anyone who wants a quality performance and recording on a single disc (by a single orchestra and conductor!) would do well to find a better one than this.
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