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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9


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  • Actors: Denoke, Meier, Fritz, Pape
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000XHATE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin with soloists Angela Denoke, Waltraud Meier, Burkhard Fritz, and Rene Pape, live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, August 27, 2006.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE BLUEMAHLER on November 27, 2013
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This 2006 film of Beethoven's immortal 9th with Barenboim leading his youthful West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is, as expected, a big-scale reading. As a musical performance, it supersedes the same group's 2012 BBC Proms 9th. As a visual documentation, this is quite well-filmed, by Michael Beyer, but does not dazzle in the way the spectacular "Beethoven For All" gala event. Perhaps, that is a good thing.

The opening is almost as slow here as it is in 2012, but where that performance continues in almost granite-like scaling of boundless heights, here it gives way to an effervescent "ode to joy."

The chorus is almost transparent in its hushed state, giving way to the excellent soloists: Waltraud Meier, Burkhard Fritz, Angela Denoke, and René Pape. Beyer's direction lucidly balances the camera, seemingly capturing a breathy communication between between conductor, orchestra, chorus, soloists, audience, and setting.

By the finale, one shares in the surged feeling of having reached a fiery triumph and the extended ovation is aptly felt.

The film opens with an equally sparkling performance of Leonore Overture No. 3 from Fidelio. Hopefully, we will soon see these same forces in a film of the entire opera with an artistically innovative director.

This stands with Karajan's 1977 version (on the same label) as a reference, filmed Beethoven 9th.Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
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