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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

The San Francisco Symphony is among the country's leading orchestras, with a reputation for adventurous and innovative programming that highlights American composers and focuses on targeting new audiences for orchestral music. The San Francisco Musical Association, established in 1908, founded the San Francisco Symphony, which gave its first concert in 1911. Its early conductors included Henry Hadley and Alfred Hertz. After the orchestra had to cancel its 1934 season for financial reasons, the city...
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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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