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|Ludwig van Beethoven, Otto Klemperer, Ursula Boese|
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral"
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Classic Klemperer 9th, Vienna, 1960
Andrew R. Weiss | Raleigh, NC USA | 06/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Do not be deceived by the documentation here: this is the classic 1960 Vienna Festival performance of Beethoven's 9th with Klemperer's own Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus that was available from Music and Arts on their complete Beethoven symphony set. It is one of Klemperer's best live performances of the 9th, right up there with the Philharmonia live version (Testament) and the Concertgebouw version (M&A), both from 1957. By 1960, KIemperer had been through yet another near-death experience (burned from smoking in bed), and had responded with his usual determination. This is a dramatic, hortatory 9th, well-paced, emphatic, and well performed. The sound is boxy and unappealing, but the performance is first-rate."