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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Benita Valenta, Janice Taylor, Richard Leech, William Stone (Robert Shaw's final concert in Atlanta, May 21, 1988)

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
>Sound, Recorded : Applause
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

As part of the celebration of Robert Shaw's centenary the Atlanta Symphony is issuing for public sale a live recording of the Beethoven Symphony No. 9, recorded in a single concert with Mr. Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus just prior to their triumphant 1988 tour to Europe. This particular concert also marked Mr. Shaw's final appearance in Atlanta as Music Director of the orchestra.

This recording sets to rights a major gap in the recorded legacy of Robert Shaw. As a young man Robert Shaw prepared the chorus for the legendary 1952 Arturo Toscanini recording. Shaw performed it countless times in his own career. He recorded the 9th for Pro Arte in 1982 but it suffers from over mixed audio which mutes the performance. Later in the 1980s when it would have been possible to re-record the Beethoven 9th in the ongoing relationship with Telarc, the 9th was 'off the table' because Telarc had committed themselves to a complete Beethoven cycle with the Cleveland Orchestra and its then Music Director Christoph von Dohnanyi. Shortly before his death in 1999 Robert Shaw and Telarc's founding producer Robert Woods began planning a Beethoven 9th which ultimately did not come to pass.

In recent years Robert Woods has been digitizing all the historic Atlanta Symphony live broadcast tapes. When it came time to preserve the May 20, 1988 Beethoven 9th he wrote: "This performance is one of those in which all of the participants were playing for the sake of the music and were caught up in a vortex of musical union and humanity the likes of which you just don't encounter very often, if ever in a lifetime."

This historic, live, unedited recording was made on May 21, 1988 and features the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Robert Shaw. Robert Shaw (1916-1999) was most famous for his work with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and with his namesake Chorale. He was the first conductor to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, received 14 Grammy awards, the American National Medal of Arts, four ASCAP awards for service to contemporary music, and several others. This recording of Beethoven's famous 9th symphony features soloists Benita Valente, Janice Taylor, Richard Leech, and William Stone.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 05/21/1988.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
  • Performers: Richard Leech (Tenor); William Stone (Baritone); Janice Taylor (Mezzo Soprano); Benita Valente (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Ensemble: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 65 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
  • Performers: Richard Leech (Tenor); William Stone (Baritone); Janice Taylor (Mezzo Soprano); Benita Valente (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 8 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Studio/Live: Live