|1. Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso|
|2. Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': Molto vivace|
|3. Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato - Adagio|
|4. Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': Presto - Allegro ma non troppo - Allegro Assai - Allegro assai vivace - alla marcia - Andante maestoso - Allegro - Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato - Allegro ma non tanto - Poco adagio - Prestissimo|
No single performance will ever tell us everything we need to know about a masterpiece like the Beethoven Ninth, but this one comes close. The inspired intensity of everyone involved--at the postwar reopening of the Bayreuth Festival in 1951--comes across very vividly in this new transfer. Just hear the way Furtwángler evokes the atmosphere of chaos coalescing into order at the opening of the first movement and you can tell a superior musical and spiritual consciousness is at work. Except for the poor first horn, whose bloopers are the main detriment, the orchestra, soloists, and chorus (recorded clearly but at a heavenly distance) all hold up their parts extremely well. The solo singers are particularly convincing. This is a very special recording, recognized as a classic when it was first issued and still indispensable. --Leslie Gerber
Quite simply astounding even with the playing errors. Although contrary to some reviews here I have sat through the 3rd movement and heard nothing sounding like bloopers in... Read morePublished on April 23 2006 by Amazon Customer
As I sit here listening to the beautiful third movement of this symphony I say to myself "I've heard many other recordings that are cleaner, more elaborate, better recorded,... Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Panagiotis
I am NOT a classical music expert. I bought this version of the 9th based on the many knowledgeable reviews posted here. I am happy I bought it. HOWEVER... Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by kevin m antonio
I've heard Beethoven many time, his 7th Symphony was the first work of classical music I ever heard, and specially his two masterworks (the Missa and this Symphony) are my... Read morePublished on Dec 25 2002 by "parsifal125"
I first encountered this recording in the Franklin Mint set of the 100 greatest recordings of all time, and I was ecstatic when I saw that it was available on CD. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2002 by Jeff P Goyette
The 9th is, for me, the greatest work ever produced by the human mind. And, for many years, I have bought more than thirty records. And this is the best of all. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by "rinaldi36"
This recording (that is so much more than a recording) seems to grow greater in stature while I am listening to other recordings of the Ninth, to Karajan, Solti, Barenboim or Bohm. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2002 by samantha
There is a later recording conducted by Furtwangler, from the 1954 Lucern Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Technically, it is a marvel. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2002 by Howard Grady Brown