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Beethoven: Symphony no 9, Overtures; Grosse Fuge / Sutherland, Procter, Dermola, van Mill. Ansermet

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, overture, Op. 72c
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72b
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This is a fine, interesting recording of the Ninth. At any rate, the soloists are all fine, the chorus is large and enthusiastic, and the orchestra is first rate. Also very impressive is the sound. So, a fine performance in good sound if you want something objective with lots of tensile strength. It is. As in the symphony the sound is excellent for the period; the trumpets and violins. All in all, a valuable reissue.

In the latest instalment of the decca ansermet legacy, decca eloquence introduces the swiss conductor's recordings of beethoven - his symphony cycle, overtures and the rare weingartner arrangement of the grosse fuge. They are issued as three 2cd sets. Ansermet delivers a lean, muscular performance of the ninth with a slow movement of cool beauty. The youthful choir adds real zest to the finale and aided by a quartet of star soloists (this was joan sutherland's first recording for decca) ansermet gives the choral finale real nobility. Cd2 of this set includes beethoven recordings (selected overtures and the weingartner arrangement of the grosse fuge) by ansermet being released for the first time. Artists: joan sutherland - soprano, norma procter - contralto, anton dermota - tenor, arnold van mill-bass

Eloquence is a series of classical recordings culled from the archives of Decca and Deutsche Grammophon and originating from Australia. One of the most critically-acclaimed of classical reissue series in the world today, the series presents music for the casual buyer as well as increasingly for the connoisseur. Recordings on the Eloquence series have received the highest international critical acclaim for imagination and inventiveness. Most of all, it is noted for the resurrection of numerous analogue recordings hitherto unreleased on CD. Several have been given a 10/10 rating on ClassicsToday.

Among the highlights of this series have been the systematic exploration of the Decca recordings of Ernest Ansermet, Zubin Mehta, Peter Maag, Josef Krips, Kirsten Flagstad, István Kertész, Imogen Holst, Christopher Hogwood as well as such iconic ensembles as the Vienna Octet, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and The Consort of Musicke. They have received the highest critical praise and most of them appearing on CD for the first time. In some cases Hogwood, Fitzwilliams, Consort of Musicke the artists have contributed introductory notes. Forthcoming is a survey of the Decca recordings of Alicia de Larrocha and the Deutsche Grammophon recordings of Lazar Berman and Irmgard Seefried.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland.



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Ensemble: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 67 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1800-1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, overture, Op. 72c
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1814

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Running Time: 13 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1804-1805

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72b
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Running Time: 13 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1805-1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Running Time: 17 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825