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Symphony 9 / Prometheus
Beethoven, Cluytens, Berlin Philharmonic
Symphony 9 / Prometheus
Genre: Classical
 
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This has always been regarded as a fine performance of the Ninth Symphony. It has Herbert von Karajan's orchestra, but with better sound and a far more natural balance between orchestra and chorus. At super budget price, i...  more »

     
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All Artists: Beethoven, Cluytens, Berlin Philharmonic
Title: Symphony 9 / Prometheus
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Angel Records
Release Date: 1/21/1997
Genre: Classical
Styles: Ballets & Dances, Ballets, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724356972223

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This has always been regarded as a fine performance of the Ninth Symphony. It has Herbert von Karajan's orchestra, but with better sound and a far more natural balance between orchestra and chorus. At super budget price, it's an incredible deal. Just one more reminder that in the wacky world of classical music, price and quality of performance are completely unrelated. It's a buyer's market, so go forth and buy! --David Hurwitz

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No fussiness, this is Beethoven in full Technicolor
Gregory M. Zinkl | Chicago, IL | 07/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Go forth and listen to hear the 9th played without the conductor trying to impose some philosophical point of view, or scholarly approach. This is Beethoven played and sung to a fare-thee-well, and not to be missed. Naturally recorded, with the BPO in terrific form (and yes, a full complement of strings, which in Berlin means LOTS of strings, but fear not, their fullness doesn't put the winds and brass to the background; Cluytens knows how to balance!), you have to hear this. Especially after so many disappointing recordings of the 9th out there. This is all natural Beethoven, and what a joy it is!"
A grand conclusion to a great recording cycle
M. B. Handelsman | Brooklyn, NY USA | 11/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The previous reviewer very aptly covered the standout qualities of this vintage Ninth, so I would just like to add some extra incentive for those who are especially fond of the opening and adagio movements. It is simply that the 5-6 minutes of above average time for this exquisite performance is given to those parts! This is a seamless presentation which favors no orchestral forces at the expense of any others. It sizzles, or it glows - whichever is called for. The soloists, all then in their 30's, were in prime vocal form. The entire 5-CD set of the Cluytens/BPO Beethoven is a worthwhile goal for the collector of mid-century recording classics.
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