Beethoven - Symphony No 9 (LSO, Haitink) Hybrid SACD
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Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is a landmark in the history of music, changing the concept of what a symphony could be. The use of solo singers and a chorus in the final movement was revolutionary, and the emotional journey to a glorious vision of a world of love and tolerance paved the way for idealistic symphonies to come.
'...there is a feeling of immediacy and drama tempered with vision and maturity as though Haitink's long career has been leading towards this time where he can combine impetuosity and youthful enthusiasm with the wisdom of age and experience'
CD of the Week -- BBC Radio 3 CD Review (UK), 23 September 2006
'a magnificent performance of the Ninth ... with splendid chorus and soloists in full cry, and orchestra in blazing form, all is thrillingly right...a reading of passionate conviction' -- Sunday Times (UK), 3 September 2006
'an incredible recording'
-- MusicOMH (UK), 1 September 2006
'enough orchestral punch to knock a listener senseless ... we are caught in the grip of a performance of quite uncommon fervour.' -- The Times (UK), 1 September 2006
Top Customer Reviews
The London Symphony Orchestra using their own LSO Live label has combined digital recording methods with a `Live' venue (London's Barbican) to produce an absolutely stunning version of Beethoven's final symphony.
It's clear from the start of the first movement that this recording is a good one - no evidence of audience noise from a supposed `live' recording - and by the time the Ode to Joy fourth movement arrives almost 45 minutes later the anticipation is of a big finale.
This 25 minute finale is sheer brilliance, for me this is the most perfectly performed and exciting recording of the ninth symphony I have ever heard. The interaction between the four soloists (Twyla Robinson, Karen Cargill, John Mc Master, Gerald Finley) the choir (London Symphony) and orchestra gives a unified performance which is so well balanced and executed that I can only sum up in one word.
Haitink is the man for this job. With the fabulous LSO to help him out, he gives us a rendition that is fresh, full of life and vigor. But there is also a lot of beauty here. In the opening movement, Haitink chooses a tempo that keeps this piece moving at a fast pace without sounding rushed. The LSO never sounds angry; they keep all the passion and power in, though. The second movement is a thrill. With a strong, sharp timpanist, the movement is full of exhilaration and spirit. Haitink's performance of the 3rd movement is especially memorable. Too often conductors turn this piece into a slow moving dirge. Not Haitink. With his flowing, breathing tempo, the listener is able to take in the beauty of this slow movement. And, oh, what beauty is here! Of all of the amazing slow movements of the Beethoven symphonies, this one has the most gravity and depth. The great and mighty choral finale could hardly be better. The soloists are staggering, not to mention the shockingly good LSO Chorus. Especially good is the very first entrance of the choir in this movement. The male voices sing their part with such an anticipation of what is to come. While all the power of this finale is here, as it should be, I found myself marveling at the BEAUTY of this recording - a beauty I didn't know was hear until I heard this recording.Read more ›
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Outstanding performance of what is arguably the Greatest piece of music ever written,Published 6 months ago by Humptygrumpyman
I ordered ALL symphonies 1-9 not just no.9. Very disappointed!Published 20 months ago by Roderick M Dobner