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  • Audio CD (April 9, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CTS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The choir, while not the most powerful, perform with good diction and phrasing.
Eric S. Kim
I don't think this is a perfect recording of this symphony, but I don't think I've ever heard a perfect recording of this symphony either.
Ryan Richards
From 1985, it's as good an account as any on record, with better sound than most (I listen with decent Bose headphones).
Stanley Crowe

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Jordan on September 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I feel the first movement in Dohnanyi's Beethoven 9th is a shade underpowered, but I think it is an intentional approach, allowing the performance to build power as it goes along. Thus the first movement is more sleek than powerful. The Scherzo seems more committed, and the performance truly flowers in the slow movement. Some performances of this slow movement just settle back into a sort of generic lushness, but this performance has a searching, tender quality. The finale is the best-- Spacious yet forward moving, this rendition of the finale is so glowing yet precise, that most other versions seem careless to me now. In sum, not a perfect recording, but quite rewarding.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HB on April 28, 2010
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Considering the effort behind this recording, I hate to give it only 4 stars but I have to be honest. The first movement is extremely conservative. It has little bite and even less intensity. The scherzo is much better with plenty of drive and power. The slow movement is just about as perfect a reading as you will ever hear. The tempo is just the way I like it, brisk but not rushed. The playing here is simply gorgeous. I am not sure it could be played any better. The finale also has superlative playing and outstanding chorale work. Unfortunately both of the male soloists sound weak while the ladies are both fine. The finale reaches a fever pitch of intensity after the famous tenor solo. It is one of the most exciting finales I have ever heard and again the orchestral playing is simply incredible, the best I have ever heard. With the laid back first movement and weak male soloists, this is a not a perfect 9th. But even with its faults, it is a sensational performance and I am almost sure you will enjoy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Richards on June 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I don't think this is a perfect recording of this symphony, but I don't think I've ever heard a perfect recording of this symphony either. Suffice it to say Dohnanyi's is my favorite overall rendition. I have some small quibbles with it: As another reviewer mentioned, the beginning does indeed sound a tad underpowered, although the power builds as the movement continues and the final two notes are just huge. As well, I think the scherzo is a shade too slow, although Dohnanyi uses the slow tempo as an excuse to bring out a mysterious quality in the movement that I do enjoy. And the "fanfare of terror" at the beginning of the final movement? Just not very terrifying, folks (although it does stay together remarkably well; the orchestra sounds muddled in other interpretations I've heard).
But that's where my criticisms end. As usual, Dohnanyi manages to bring Romanticism into his interpretation without ever falling into melodrama. Crisp accents and a remarkable precision from the orchestra are the order of the day, yet there is still a clear musical picture here: Dohnanyi and the CO know what the music is trying to say. Aside from the quibbles I mentioned above, the first and second movements come off with tightly controlled power and precision. The third movement is particularly notable; some conductors just set the dynamic level at mezzo forte and drill right through it, but Dohnanyi gets a remarkably lush, warm sound from the orchestra, wistful and consoling at the same time. As amazing as the third movement is, however, it just can't compare to the unbelievable finale, where the orchestra (aside from the very beginning) and chorus just take off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Powell on November 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I don't have training in classical music like the other reviewers, but I am quite stirred whenever I hear the Cleveland Orchestra's version of Ode to Joy. It makes me want to give the CD to all my friends and relatives even though they don't listen to classical music.

The reason I voted one review as unhelpful was that he said there were better versions, but didn't name them. Please don't keep them a secret!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 18, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I recently bought Dohnanyi's Decca account of the Dvorak Seventh, and I was very impressed, so being already disposed to think that Telarc's sound in the 1980's and 1990's was as good as recorded sound gets, I bought this and have not been disappointed. From 1985, it's as good an account as any on record, with better sound than most (I listen with decent Bose headphones). The engineers get the lower instruments in the picture without overwhelming the others, and they create a sense of depth of sound, as if there's almost a three-dimensional quality to it. Dohnanyi takes care that the textures of the instrumental groups are clearly realized, and all that's needed thereafter is good tempo choices and good transitions when they're needed. Here, the qualities that made his Dvorak so effective are all in evidence -- a solid rhythmic foundation and just lovely warm sound overall. The finale comes off splendidly, though the very end tests the chorus and the engineers, but the quartet is fine (Siegfried Jerusalem outstandingly so), and the chorus's parts clearly delineated. The whole thing is great, but if I had to single out a movement, it might be the third -- I've never heard the "cantabile" called for in the score rendered more effectively. Dohnanyi doesn't linger here, and the effect is of mellowness and fluidity that seems just right for the music. There are other great Ninths, of course -- I'm partial to Abbado's Sony live account from Berlin, and Pletnev's DGG account is also in lovely sound and has plenty of life -- but this one is up there with them.
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