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Beethoven - Symphony No. 9

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Catalogue numberBIS-2451 SACD
Release date2019-10-04
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time65:56

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Tolstoy’s War and Peace – those works of art that are truly part of the canon of global culture are few and far apart. In music, one work that holds significance for people all over the world is Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and especially its choral finale. Even today, as we are getting ready to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of its creator, the sheer size and complexity of the symphony is daunting.

There are some eyewitness accounts from the first performance at the Kärntner-Tor-Theater in Vienna on 7th May 1824: we know for instance that Beethoven was on stage himself throughout the performance, but that owing to his deafness he did not notice the audience’s overwhelming enthusiasm. What the Ninth sounded like that evening in Vienna is something we will never know, however – which is why hearing it in a historically informed performance on period instruments is all the more enlightening. With impeccable credentials from their 65-disc series of Bach’s complete cantatas, and acclaimed recent recordings of Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki now give us their rendering of Beethoven’s last and greatest symphony, joined by a fine quartet of vocal soloists.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Symphony No. 9 in D minor, ‘Choral’, Op. 125 66:24
01 I. Allegro ma non troppo e un poco maestoso 14:31 $ 3.48 USD
02 II. Molto vivace - Presto 14:13 $ 3.41 USD
03 III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato 14:33 $ 3.49 USD
04 IV. Finale - Presto 02:37 $ 0.63 USD
05 IV. Finale - Allegro assai 03:21 $ 0.80 USD
06 IV. Finale - Presto 03:28 $ 0.83 USD
07 IV. Finale - Allegro assai vivace. Alla marcia 03:52 $ 0.93 USD
08 IV. Finale - Andante maestoso 03:02 $ 0.73 USD
09 IV. Finale - Allegro energico e sempre ben marcato 02:13 $ 0.53 USD
10 IV. Finale - Allegro ma non tanto 02:14 $ 0.54 USD
11 IV. Finale - Poco allegro - Presto 02:20 $ 0.56 USD
  Album total 65:56
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
SopranoMoen, Ann-Helen
AltoKielland, Marianne Beate
TenorClayton, Allan
BassDavies, Neal

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