Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

by Riccardo Chailly
     
 
The Gewandhaus Orchestra's history of playing the nine symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven extends back to 1825, when the composer was still alive, and these masterworks have been a mainstay of its repertoire ever since. After Riccardo Chailly took the helm of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in 2005, the idea of performing the full cycle

Overview

The Gewandhaus Orchestra's history of playing the nine symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven extends back to 1825, when the composer was still alive, and these masterworks have been a mainstay of its repertoire ever since. After Riccardo Chailly took the helm of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in 2005, the idea of performing the full cycle for Decca under his direction became an imperative, and this recording of the "Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Choral," was made in 2008, while the "Name-Day Overture" and the "King Stephen Overture" were recorded in 2009. Chailly's Beethoven draws on the traditions of performance long honored in Leipzig, so the interpretations of these works have more than a little of historically informed practice about them, while still being mainstream performances. Tempos are generally brisk and textures are immaculate, while the strings play with minimal vibrato and the winds offer distinctive and colorful sonorities. In the "Ninth," the vocal quartet is fully equipped for the demanding parts -- the tenor, for example, sings, "Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen," at twice the standard tempo -- and the Gewandhaus Choir is both limber in its counterpoint and imposing in its sound. The ideals of authentic period practice are realized without annoying mannerisms, and the music has the dynamic flexibility and robust qualities that everyone wants in Beethoven. Decca's sound quality is crisp and clean, with nearly ideal resonance.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2012
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947834977
catalogNumber:
001653902
Rank:
216509

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Riccardo Chailly  -  MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus  -  Gewandhaus Children's Chorus  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Chorus  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Lilli Paasikivi  - Katerina Beranova  - Hanno Muller-Brachmann  - Robert Dean Smith  - Frank-Steffen Elster  - Friedrich Schiller
  2. König Stephan (King Stephen), incidental music, Op. 117: Overture  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
  3. Namensfeier (Name-Day Celebration) Overture for orchestra in C major, Op. 115  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

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