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Wydawnictwo: Orfeo
Seria: Bayreuther Festspiele
Nr katalogowy: C 935171
Nośnik: 1 CD
Data wydania: wrzesień 2017
EAN: 4011790935126
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Epoka muzyczna: klasycyzm
Obszar (język): niemiecki
Rodzaj: symfonia

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Orfeo - C 935171
Wykonawcy
Gundula Janowitz
Grace Bumbry
Jess Thomas
George London
Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele / Karl Bohm
Symphony No. 9 d-Moll op. 125:
Allegro ma non troppo
Molto vivace
Adagio molto e cantabile
Presto – Presto
The well-known “classical” exception to the canon of ten Wagner works that can be performed on the Green Hill goes back to the master himself: it is of course Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

The most famous recording of one of the rare Bayreuth performances of the symphony is of the legendary concert that reopened the Bayreuth Festival after the war, in 1951, with Wilhelm Furtwängler on the rostrum. That recording was released for the first time, officially and uncut, by Orfeo in association with the Bayreuth Festival in 2008 (C754081). In 1954, Furtwängler conducted the Ninth a second time (ORFEO C851121).

Much less well-known and issued here for the first time in a live recording is a performance conducted by Karl Böhm in 1963 to mark the 150th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth and the 80th anniversary of his death. Here we witness the emergence of a new musical generation. Böhm had made his Bayreuth debut the year before with Tristan, which he returned to in 1963, additionally taking over Meistersinger the following year and the Ring in 1965; he thus became one of the defining Bayreuth conductors of the 60s. Böhm chose a version with the orchestra retouched in places by Wagner himself and with a much strengthened choir of 217 singers. The performance is nevertheless poles apart from the pathos and impulsive exuberance of Furtwängler’s interpretative style of the previous decade. Böhm’s conducting is extraordinarily concentrated, collected, rigorous in its forward impetus, and as a result liberating and, on another level, enthralling – thanks in part also to a

glittering quartet of soloists: Gundula Janowitz, Grace Bumbry, Jess Thomas and George London, some of the best voices at Bayreuth in those years.

Performance styles having changed greatly in the past few decades, this recording is a fine opportunity to rediscover the virtues of the immediately preceding period…

Live Recording, Festspielhaus Bayreuth, July 23, 1963

Zobacz także:

  • C 951183
  • C 917154
  • GEN 18607
  • AVI 8553377
  • SWR 19415
  • AVI 8553382
  • CRC 3516
  • APR 7309
  • SWR 19056
  • ARS 38832