Notes & Reviews:
Beethoven's euphoric Symphony No.9, like his symphony No.5, is one of those pieces of classical music which transcends the barrier between musical genres - one of the few pieces of the classical canon in the popular consciousness. Few can fail to be uplifted and caught up in the joyous Ode to Joy finale. For this performance, recorded live at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1994, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment were joined by the renowned conductor and long-time collaborator, Sir Charles Mackerras, a partnership between him and the OAE that lasted almost a quarter of a century.
This is Signum's second release with the OAE, following a release of Monteverdi's Vespers (SIGCD237) earlier this year. The next release, planned for December, will feature Sarah Connolly performing Mahler's Totenfier and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the OAE under Vladimir Jurowski.
"Mackerras’s 1994 Edinburgh festival performance with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is one of the most thrilling Beethoven interpretations I have ever heard. It bristles with revolutionary spirit...yet Mackerras’s way with this symphony is all part of a coherent vision. The OAE play like gods and demons, with pure string timbres one moment, raw woodwinds the next" -The Financial Times
"Listening to this superb performance from the 1994 Edinburgh Festival, you wonder how anyone could have been puzzled by, or have resisted, the composer’s metronome marks.... Fine choral singing by the New Company, and Mackerras’s masterly control, make the finale as electrifying as only it can be." -The Sunday TimesNotes & Reviews:
Recording information: Usher Hall, Edinburgh (08/26/1994).
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Works DetailsBeethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
- Conductor: Charles Mackerras
- Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
- Running Time: 40 min. 56 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1824
- Studio/Live: Live