Notes & Reviews:
One of the world's elite symphonic ensembles is recording again after a hiatus of almost seven years, and DG is its proud partner. The Cleveland Orchestra, long regarded as one of today's pre-eminent ensembles, is releasing its recent performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, recorded under the baton of its music director, Franz Welser-Most, at their January 2007 concert in Severance Hall.
BBC Music Magazine
The slow movement is particularly impressive, its relaxed tempo allowing the music's expansive lyricism adequate space to breathe, without ever sentimentalising it.
The well drilled first movement has a certain air of menace... the Scherzo neatly played and fairly light-footed... The Adagio flows by very nicely, with minimal tempo variation and a warm sheen to the overall sound picture. Welser-Möst offers us a strong, cogently conceived finale, with some fine singing, particularly from the chorus and the bass, René Pape.
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Works DetailsBeethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
- Performers: Kelley O'Connor (Mezzo-Soprano); Frank Lopardo (Tenor); Measha Brueggergosman; René Pape (Bass)
- Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
- Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
- Running Time: 65 min. 20 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1824