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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
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soprano lili chookasian contralto john alexander tenor john macurdy bass and the morman tabernacle choir (richard p. condie dir) and eugene ormandy and the philadelphia orchestra the cd is worth listening to it's worth the money and another symphony no 9 cd that is worth money is ode to freedom berstein in berlin beethoven-symphony no 9 is an awsome cd worth checking out
As a teenager I purchased this recording of Beethoven's 9th in record form about 25 years ago. It was, and still is, part of Columbia's budget Classical line. Beethoven's 9th is one of the most majestic pieces of music. The opening movement rolls out powerfully with some anguish; the second is a rousing march; the third is a lovely and soaring pastoral image; the forth is a twenty-five minute long symphony within a symphony: reprising the opening then moving into the coral finale "Ode to Joy".
No wonder that this piece captured the imagination of Bruckner and Mahler whose twenty symphonies combined all attempt to use Beethoven's Ninth as a prototype. And as much as Brahms and Wagner may not have liked one another's music, they too, also tried to capture Beethoven's sweeping energy, as well.
As for this particular performance, I find it to be quite balanced, expansive when needed (as in the beautiful "Adagio"), and interesting throughout. Ormandy, the Philadelphia Orchestra,the outstanding vocal soloists and the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir make this a great buy. While Eugene Ormandy was not known as a very good conductor of Beethoven; this recording reveals quite the contrary. Ormnandy's approach is melodic and polished; a grand piece of music that presented with the utmost care and respect.
Comparisons: Bernstein/NYPO; Walter/Columbia SO; Munch/BSO; Karajan; Furtwangler/Bayreuth Orch.; Furtwangler/Berlin Phil. Orch.
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The earlier 3-star reviewer, Mr DuHamel, has it right here, I think. The performance, from 1966, has some real strengths, but the sound is harsh -- even the Philadelphia strings... Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Stanley Crowe
Sharing it with family and friends is so great that they like this type of music, that's been around for years.Published on January 20, 2013 by Angelita Stevenson
I think this is one of the types of music that can be enjoyed by all ages. It is great holiday music, and even every dayPublished on January 2, 2013 by donnie
Until last week I'd never heard this CD. I was being driven into Columbus (Ohio) for an eye appointment. I asked my friend David if he'd bought his van because of the sound system. Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by Thistle Brown
like others here i had the lp , received as a young teen as a Christmas gift , in the 70's . thankfully this is the one i grew up on . Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by August West
Awesome in its purity, unity and majesty! The tempo is excellent. It neither drags nor flies by too fast. Read morePublished on January 13, 2010 by Steven Haarala
The collected reviewers who praise this as "the greatest" Beethoven Ninth are bucking the tide -- Ormandy's reputation for Beethoven is negligible, if you pay attention to critical... Read morePublished on September 24, 2007 by Santa Fe Listener