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|1. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ('Choral'), Op. 125: Allegro ma non troppo|
|2. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ('Choral'), Op. 125: Molto vivace|
|3. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ('Choral'), Op. 125: Adagio molto e cantabile|
|4. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ('Choral'), Op. 125: Presto - Allegro assai|
|5. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ('Choral'), Op. 125: Recitative - Allegro assai|
Is that powerful and passionate! .
Plus, the recorded sound has greater presence than the rather more diffused sound on the studio recording (although by any standards, it is quite good).
The audience are generally very well behaved and their applause at the close tells you that they knew that they had just heard something wonderful.
In seeking a caption for one of my photo's I was led to this site, then I discovered that the photo in question was published as the cover image shown above. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brian Seed
This live 1957 performance of Beethoven's 9th with Klemperer and the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus on Testament is one of the best recordings of this work. Read morePublished 19 months ago by stevenrothbard
This is perhaps my favorite recording of the 9th (and I have heard 50 or so). The EMI studio version is fine, but this live recording has that extra frisson of a live performance. Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by William Kasimer
This 1957 live recording of Klemperer directing the Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra in The Royal Festival Hall is masterful. Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by TD
Five years ago I was on a Beethoven 9th binge. I hunted for the greatest, weirdest, most original and most powerful interpretation of this symphony. Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by dv_forever
Klemperer trained the chorus for a performance of the Beethoven Ninth in 1908 when he was only 23; in 1925 he led the work himself for the first time, at the Cologne Opera--for... Read morePublished on June 22, 2010 by Santa Fe Listener
This recording from a live concert is with no doubt far better than Klemperer's heavy-step and terribly slow studio version with the same forces for EMI. Read morePublished on April 1, 2010 by Colloredo von Salzburg
There have already been many useful and perceptive reviews posted on Amazon on both sides of the Atlantic, so I'll restrict mine to a brief but enthusiastic endorsement. Read morePublished on February 3, 2010 by Ralph Moore
I'm on a Klemperer kick right now, and am spending my time rehearing his recordings. And of course, that includes his Beethoven. Read morePublished on November 6, 2007 by Ralph J. Steinberg