Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas
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|1||Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral"||San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas||--||View in iTunes|
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
|San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas||16:22||Work Only||View in iTunes|
II. Molto vivace
|San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas||11:44||Work Only||View in iTunes|
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
|San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas||16:25||Work Only||View in iTunes|
IV. Finale, "Ode to Joy"
|San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Nathan Berg, William Burden, Kendall Gladen & Erin Wall||25:13||Work Only||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoSan Francisco Symphony Records Beethoven Symphony No. 9||Michael Tilson Thomas & San Francisco Symphony||4:52||Album Only||View in iTunes|
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.
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
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