Beethoven: Symphonie No. 9

Beethoven: Symphonie No. 9

by Gwyneth Jones


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Beethoven: Symphonie No. 9

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is remarkable in so many ways, not the least of which is the work's sheer size; it's more than twice the length of the standard symphony of its time. But even more striking is the way that Beethoven transformed the symphony into a dramatic form. This music is theatrically gripping from the very first notes; in fact, no symphony had ever started with such an atmosphere of mystery before. And, of course, there's the famous finale, where Beethoven brings in vocal soloists and a chorus to intone the radiant "Ode to Joy." Leonard Bernstein was a conductor who knew how to wring every drop of drama from a piece of music, and in this intense performance, recorded live in Vienna, he doesn't miss a beat. The result is a compellingly theatrical and spiritually uplifting performance of one of the most sublime works of all time.

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Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0028941085924
catalogNumber: 410859


  1. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - René Kollo  - Leonard Bernstein  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Gwyneth Jones  -  Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor  - Kurt Moll  - Hanna Schwarz

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