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Customer Reviews

Competent but not much more

This recording is lacking in passion and conviction. It feel like the orch has played it too many time and is struggling to over come boredom. They do, but barely
The "mastered for iTunes" Karajan Beethoven is much better - full of passion and drive. The new mastering is excellent as well.

Oh Joy

Another Beethoven 9th. Not his best work, but it pays the bills. MTT and his band give a thrilling performance all the same and the recording quality is crystal clear. If you're compleating his Beethoven set, you'd do well to get this. -Bz


SFS and MTT do it again. This is really one recording to add to one's collection. SFS performs Beethoven's masterpiece masterfully and with clarity and purpose. Ode to Joy sparkles with grace and beauty.

Though I have to say at 14:14 in the final movement, you can hear a soprano really roll the "R" in the lyric "Alle Menschen warden Brrrrrrrrrrrrüder." Once you hear it, you can't unhear it! Haha


Formed: 1911 in San Francisco , CA

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

San Francisco, California, located in one of the world's most beautiful bays, exploded in population during the 1849 Gold Rush. It quickly became the trading, entertainment, and arts center of the Far West, with a solid...
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, San Francisco Symphony
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Apr 09, 2013

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