Notes & Reviews:
"Enough orchestral punch to knock a listener senseless...we are caught in the grip of a performance of quite uncommon fervour." -The Times (UK)
The slow third movementà moves along at a pace few conductors would have employed fifty years ago. Yet it never sounds hurried, and the dramatic brass interruptions towards its close have an appropriately apocalyptic ring. The extraordinarily vivid recording, in which the basses are caught to stupendous effect - especially in their passages of recitative as they reject the first three movements at the opening of the fourth before welcoming the 'Joy' theme - adds hugely to the effect.
The conclusion to Bernard Haitink's Beethoven cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra was its crowning glory: a performance of the Ninth Symphony of shattering, visionary power. Haitink's mastery of Beethoven's structures has never been in doubt, but what is surprising is how much he seems to have learned from the early music movement in moulding his new approach to these pieces... Yet Haitink pulled everything together in a coda of unbounded joy à This is a Beethoven cycle for our times, an ideal balance of Haitink's newfound sense of discovery in these pieces and the LSO's authority
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Works DetailsBeethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
- Performers: John MacMaster (Tenor); Gerald Finley; Twyla Robinson (Soprano); Karen Cargill (Mezzo Soprano)
- Conductor: Bernard Haitink
- Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: Barbican, London, England (04/29/2005-04/30/2005)
- Running Time: 67 min. 29 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1824