Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
By Touch Press
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Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for iPad presents four of Deutsche Grammophon’s legendary recordings of this iconic work, with the amazing ability to switch instantly between each performance at any point in the piece. As you listen, you can watch the synchronized musical score, be guided by expert commentary, follow Beethoven’s 1825 manuscript or immerse yourself in the hypnotic graphical BeatMap of the orchestra, precisely highlighting every note. The app also includes a treasure-trove of specially filmed video interviews with musicians, writers and great conductors discussing Beethoven and his masterwork.
Note that this free version of the app includes two minutes from the second movement of the symphony, with all features enabled. The full experience can then be instantly unlocked through In-App Purchase. No further download is required.
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is created by Touch Press, the people behind The Orchestra app, which Apple has featured in TV commercials and poster ads.
*** Winner of the 2013 Creative Communication RPS Music Award ***
The app includes:
- Four legendary performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony including Ferenc Fricsay’s first stereo recording of this work from 1958 with the Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan’s famous 1962 recording with the same orchestra; the widely loved and charismatic maestro Leonard Bernstein’s video recording from 1979 with the Wiener Philharmoniker; and the ground-breaking 1992 recording on period instruments conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.
- Switch between these recordings anywhere on-the-fly without missing a beat.
- Typeset score, simplified score and the hypnotic BeatMap precisely synchronised to all performances.
- Specially commissioned synchronised commentary, book and in-depth musical analysis by David Owen Norris.
- Over 90 minutes of specially filmed video insights from experts including John Eliot Gardiner, Gustavo Dudamel and several musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Completing the in-app purchase in the iPad version will automatically unlock the full features of the iPhone edition, which is available on iTunes as a separate app. Purchases sync via iCloud. Please note that this app requires iOS6 or later and so is compatible with the iPad 2 and later iPad models including iPad mini.
What's New in Version 1.1.1
- Japanese localisation
- Fixed bug causing restore purchase to fail for some users
A work of art worthy of the 9th Symphony
This is an amazing app. For a $14 in app purchase, you get 4 complete recordings of the symphony, as well as a video of one, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. That alone, generally speaking, isn't a bad bargain, if you look at comparable prices for the 9th on iTunes.
But, of course, this app doesn't stop there. You see not only the entire score, shown exactly in time with the music, but also several fascinating visualizations and commentary that help your understanding of the piece.
And to top it all off, video and written commentary about the piece is included just for good measure. Pay no attention to the ignorant or disrespectful naysayers here, download the app and try it yourself. This is hours of content, combined beautifully and packaged together in a comprehensive and interactive bundle that will leave you enriched and encouraged.
Superb app for a brilliant masterpiece
Of course, the app's content and the masterpiece within it is absolutely beautiful. On the app itself, it's amazing. This type of source is what separates apps from books, lectures, or CDs. It reminds me of how well the National Geographic app works interactively compared to just reading the magazine. You you sample it, you'll know what I'm talking about. The next step up would be like a virtual reality experience or something. Wish there were a lot more of these supporting other works, but then I'd be dead broke since it is a tad pricey. Great job, otherwise. I recommend this for all classical music enthusiasts.
As an ex Music major, I found this a rare treat. Love the ability to compare performances, listening through my sound system. I already have several recordings of this work, but being able to compare the interpretations phrase by phrase is simply amazing. While $14 bucks isn't cheap by iOS Apps - compared to what I paid per college lecture it's a drop in the bucket.
Just which they'd do the same for Bach - with an emphasis on harmony.
- Category: Music
- Updated: Dec 17, 2013
- Version: 1.1.1
- Size: 1.59 GB
- Languages: English, German, Japanese
- Seller: Touch Press LLP
- © Touch Press Ltd
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
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