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Beethoven's 9 Eugene Ormandy conducting Philadelphia Philharmonic

Ormandy's interpretation surpasses all others. it is why you do not see other versions available. it is moving, powerful, and well balanced. i have listend to this version since 1973 and i never tire of it. all others pale. the pure joy and ecstasy come from beethoven, but the conductor, the interpreter, is required to translate it and keep the true beauty alive.

Best Beethoven's 9th version!

Although an older performance, this is my favorite version of the 9th Symphony. Ormandy imbues the music with a persistent life and force that I find missing from Bernstein's and Vanska's interpretations. There is no stiltedness or unexpected drops in energy here that I've found in other recordings. The Choir's voices are not as distinct as I some might like, but the fourth movement is still rousing.

This is the Best Recording I

Eugene Ormandy and the Philidelphia Philharmonic give us another stunning performance, played just at the right tempo, with great sound and audio. This is the way Beethoven's 9th is supposed to sound. Grand!!


Born: November 18, 1899 in Budapest, Hungary

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Over a period of four decades, from the 1940s until the beginning of the '80s, Eugene Ormandy was a mainstay of the classical music world. As music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra for more than 40 years, beginning in 1938, he was one of the most popular conductors in America, and his recordings with that orchestra on the Columbia Masterworks label consistently outsold by a wide margin the recordings of the admittedly superior New York Philharmonic under Dimitri Mitropoulos. Ormandy was a supremely...
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral", Eugene Ormandy
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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: 1966

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