Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
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||Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo, un Poco Maestoso||John Alexander, Lucine Amara, John Macurdy, Eugene Ormandy, Mormon Tabernacle Choir & The Philadelphia Orchestra||15:15||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": II. Molto Vivace; Presto||John Alexander, Lucine Amara, John Macurdy, Eugene Ormandy, Mormon Tabernacle Choir & The Philadelphia Orchestra||10:21||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": III. Adagio Molto e Cantabile||John Alexander, Lucine Amara, John Macurdy, Eugene Ormandy, Mormon Tabernacle Choir & The Philadelphia Orchestra||15:12||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": IV. Presto; Allegro Assai; Rezitativo; Allegro Assai (Choral Finale On Schiller's "Ode to Joy")||23:55||Album Only||View In iTunes|
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!!
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