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Beethoven: Symphony 9 'Choral' (The Previously Unpublished Live Recording From The Royal Festival Hall, 15.11.1957) Import


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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

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  • Performer: Christa Ludwig, Han Hotter, Aase Nordmo-Lovberg, Waldemar Kmennt
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orch & Chorus
  • Conductor: Otto Klemperer
  • Composer: Beethoven
  • Audio CD (November 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Testament UK
  • ASIN: B00002MXTT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Is that powerful and passionate! .
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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).
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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.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Plaza Marcelino on February 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The nineties saw the appearance, especially from the EMI stables, of a group of recordings taken live at actual concerts conducted by Otto Klemperer and authorised for release by his estate, some of them taped perhaps too late in his career but very interesting to compare with studio efforts. Live Klemperer recordings have been indeed uncommon, since the conductor was able to studio-record the vast majority of the repertoire that made him famous, a susprising quantity of it in stereo in view of Klemperer's long life span (he lived close to 90). The late fifties saw the recording and release of the conductor's famous HMV stereo set of the Beethoven 9 symphonies, never out of the catalogue since then. I don't know why this recording of Beethoven's Op. 125, taken at a RFH concert in November 1957 was made or if it was ever meant to be released to the general public when EMI put it on tape, but collectors must for ever thank Testament for making it available. If you're acquainted with the Klemperer style mostly from the EMI studio recordings made from the late '50s onwards, you're in for a big, big susprise. On the outside, this live ninth is not strikingly different from the studio recording, made less than a month later with the same participants and available also from EMI in a single disc or as part of the complete 9 symphonies set. But how different it sounds! There's a tense, thrilling atmosphere throughout that is far less present in the studio, as Klemperer --like most of the conductors of his generation, one that comprised monsters of the art like Bruno Walter, Wilhelm Furtwängler or Erich Kleiber-- could be radically different in a concert hall, before an audience, than in the studio, and this recording does show it all-round.Read more ›
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lincoln-63542 on July 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I bought this CD to add to my collection of the Ninth I was not expecting it to rise to my Top 5 Favorites as it did. I compare its vitality and its strenght, as much as the execution of the instruments, particularly the drumming with the one by W. Furtwangler, Lucerne Festival 1953. Is that powerful and passionate! . The Tempo is excellent, the sound is great, the performance of the Soloists and the Philharmonia Chorus is awesome. Kemplerer is taking himself to the category of Sublime here in this rendition. Truly a Testament of Glory and Majesty. The CD is expensive but it worth every penny in performance and sound. Go for it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2003
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I love this Beethoven 9th!! It's fantastic. It's a 'live' recording - not patched together, and the timpani comes through thrillingly. This 'live' concert is far better than Klemperer's studio recording. And Klemperer's studio recording was considered a classic!! You must be prepared for some audience noise though. But I'm not really bothered about it given the incandescent performance of this Beethoven's 9th.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2003
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With modern digital technology, digital recording, why would you want to return to an old set dating from 1957? Firstly, let me say that the recording is in extremely good sound. Everything is crystal clear with a faint hint that this recording is perhaps not the most up to date digital recording. Most importantly, of course, is that this is an absolutely stunning and magnetic performance. From start to finish, the performance holds your attention and never sags. I held back from buying this version because I already have a number of famous 9ths. I have Klemperer's studio cycle from EMI. Let me say this - you'll be in for a surprise. In a live concert, Klemperer is nothing like what he is in the studio.
Klemperer was known not to like the studio all that much. To Klemperer, a studio performance for recording purposes lack that extra punch. When you listen to this recording you will realize how true it is. In a live concert, Klemperer is absolutely stunning - in peak form in 1957. When you listen to this performance, you will realize the reason Klemperer was considered one of the great Beethoven conductors, and the reason his 1957 Beethoven concerts were red-letter occasions for which tickets were like gold dust.
The 1951 Furtwangler Bayreuth was a seismic performance. But that performance is in mono. And that was a romantic-style performance with a lot of rubato. Here Klemperer's reading is straightforward. No drastic rubato. Tempi is flowing and anything but slow. Just to give you an idea, the recent Rattle cycle reads the 9th at 69.56 using period performance practices. Klemperer clocks in a little under 70 minutes - exactly the same time!! So much for the view that Klemperer was "slow". The old adage is true that there is nothing new under the sun.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
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To use Klemperer`s own words to describe a wonderful performance is I think an understatement. Critics have compared this 15th November 1957 live performance with those of Furtwangler`s 1951(EMI Classics)and 1954(Tahra). EMI producer Walter Legge took pains to hire Wilhelm Pitz in training a new Philharmonia Chorus supplemented by professionals.The result is a "wonderful, wonderful" performance which easily eclipses Klemperer`s studio version taken down about a week later.The Norwegian soprano Nordmo-Lovberg and the other soloists perform with great gusto. The orchestral playing is superb with the timpanist, horns and strings all playing in one musical unity. The public and critics were pleased.I am fond of the slow movement which is taken at a less heavenly tempo than Furtwangler. This CD is worthy of a great live occasion and a great conductor whose personality mesmerised the orchestra and chorus to great heights. One point about tempo, though. Klemperer sometimes tends to lag which disrupts the musical fluidity. For excitement, I prefer Oskar Fried`s 1927 version on Pearl. Still, Klemperer`s 1957 is an unforgettable experience.
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