Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Zoverstocks
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: All Discs are inspected and guaranteed. All dispatched with 1 - 3 working days from the UK
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 ~ Runnicles
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 ~ Runnicles

5 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, July 9, 2006
"Please retry"
$18.59
$8.25 $1.46
$18.59 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Editorial Reviews


1. I. Allegro Ma Non Tanto/Un Poco Maestoso
2. II. Molto Vivace
3. III. Adagio Molto E Cantabile/Andante Moderato
4. IV. Presto/Allegro Assai

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B0000AN4I8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Burton on October 16, 2003
Though the third movement lacks initiative, the rest of the performance is incredible. Another reviewer complains of the lack of volume, but unless you have personally heard the Atlanta group, particularly the Chorus, then you have no idea how quietly they can actually play and sing. Telarc is committed to accurate, clean recordings. ("Everything you hear is true.") I have read criticism of the Mahler 8 recording that the chorus was too closely miked. Well, there were 540 people in that chorus and nearly 700 people on the stage of a hall that seats 1700! You'd have to put the choral mikes in Augusta to have the opportunity to get a balanced recording. Now -- criticism that the chorus is not miked closely enough. Either way, the orchestra is at top form, and the chorus should be considered a national treasure -- an instrument as classic and important as any Strad or Guarnieri. What Shaw created, MacKenzie has stoked. Good luck finding a better symphonic chorus on the planet. Their interpretation of the fourth movement is spectacular. Arturo, and even RS would envy the accomplishments made by this group. (OK -- RS is not envious. He is merely looking down to them with a wide grin.) The way each section (particularly the Sopranos and Tenors, because they are more obvious) can pull impossible notes out of thin air and make it seem effortless is why the Atlanta Journal and Constitution review stated that the choral effort is "a music all it's own." 'Something not to be missed, folks. If you happen to be singing this in, or teaching this piece to a chorus, this is your benchmark.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
The coupling of moderate tempos and reserved sonics produces a fairly straightforward account of Beethoven’s climatic work.

Although both Runnicles and David Zinman on his Arte Nova recording use the same text, don’t expect anything like the same results. Zinman employs a slightly reduced orchestral force, adopts much faster speeds (approaching period-instruments practice), and his engineers give it a lighter, brighter audio environment to generate a much more electrifying result. Runnicles, on the other hand, is consistently slower than Zinman, favoring long, flowing lines (although not nearly so slow as many older conductors), and he effects a more-tempered performance than some conductors have. Runnicles should appeal to those listeners seeking a modern digital recording of a big orchestra playing a fairly traditional Ninth in a newly revised edition.

I had my doubts about Runnicles in the beginning, though. The opening of the first movement seemed positively glacial, and when the orchestral sound comes to the fore, it appears to be more a matter of the engineer’s hand than the conductor’s. But once he gets started, Runnicles moves the Allegro along splendidly. He also takes Beethoven’s second-movement Scherzo at a sprightly pace, though nothing like Zinman’s or Norrington’s. It’s in the slow movement, the Adagio, that Runnicles is especially careful. He avoids extremes at all costs, coming in at a discreet fifteen minutes. Compare that to Zinman at about eleven minutes and to Solti at almost twenty minutes, and you see what I mean. Then we have the big finale, which caps the festivities in an appropriately grand manner, all cylinders firing, every voice celebrating the joyous conclusion.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 15, 2006
Verified Purchase
It's rare for a major orchestra to record the Beethoven Ninth nowadays. It's a golden opportunity for any conductor. Donald Runnicles has worked tirelesssly on the fringes of fame for a long time, like David Ziman, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, and a few others who have been tapped by record labels for highly visible projects. Zinman borke through with his ultra-steamlined, million-selling Beethoven from Zurich; Alsop broke through with a high-profile arrival on the Naxos label. And Runnicles?

I wish this Ninth were a triumph for him, but to me it sounds like an old-fashioned, weighty performance with middle-of-the-road instincts. Telarc has given it fat sonics, almost tubby. There's a warm wash of sound coming out of the speakers all the time, making it hard to distinguish any specific texture or dramatic moment. The music sounds weighty all the time. Runnicles isn't defeated by this kind of osund, since his is a warm but eventless Beethoven Ninth.

The 68 min. timing puts Runnicles squarely in the middle, too, without a hint of the current preference for faster speeds in keeping with Beethoven's (alarming) metronome markings. If you are going to dress this symphony in the same guise as Karajan, Bernstein, Stokowski, Klemperer, and other traditionalists, you'd better be as great as they were. Runnicles isn't. The slow movement in particular lacks eloquence; the raucous transition to the choral finale is too polite.

I'd more or less lost interest by the time the finale arrived. The solo quartet, like the rest of the reading, is pleasant and competent. Bass Alistair Miles sings in markedly bad German (why didn't he practice?, but tenor Stephen Gould holds up well in his fiendish solo. Most shocking of all, the famed Atlanta chorus sounds distant and dim, with not a single syllable being intelligible. They are lost in a tubby acoustic.

In all, I feel generous giving this safe and sane reading three stars. A masterpiece deserves better.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 ~ Runnicles
This item: Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 ~ Runnicles
Price: $18.59
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

Look for Similar Items by Category