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The performance of the 9th Symphony benefits much from the clarity of the string playing and only requires some customization to the balance with natural horns and trumpets

Listen -- Allegro ma non troppo e un poco maestoso (Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125)
(CD 5 track 1, 0:02-1:01) © 2002-2007 hrmk

and woodwinds as at the closing of the slower movement.

Listen -- Adagio molto e cantabile (Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125)
(CD 5 track 3, 13:06-14:39) © 2002-2007 hrmk

The orchestra is joined by the vigorous soloists Diener, Stutzmann, Silvasti and Henschel with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Choir, and together they give a strong, clear account of what is still to some the mistake of a choral finale -- although in a performance like this it would hardly seem so! Tenor Jorma Silvasti shines splendidly.

Listen -- Presto -- Recitativo 'O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!'
(Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125)
(CD 5 track 5, 0:50-1:53) © 2002-2007 hrmk

The Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of Hessischer Rundfunk (hr-Sinfonieorchester) came into being eighty years ago and thrived in an astonishingly wide repertoire at that time under its distinguished conductor Hans Rosbaud. Wolff has been its director from 1997 to 2006, continuing the same approach to adventurous programming and flexible interpretation. If any new recorded set of Beethoven symphonies is justified, then it could well be this one.

Copyright © 24 June 2008 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


Ludwig van Beethoven: Die Sinfonien

hrmk 039-07 Stereo NEW RELEASE (5 CDs) 350'44" 2002-2007 hrmk

hr-Sinfonieorchester; Hugh Wolff, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Symphony No 1 in C Op 21 (1799-1800) (Adagio molto - Allegro con brio; Andante cantabile con moto; Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace; Finale: Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace); Symphony No 3 in E flat Op 55 'Eroica' (1803-4) (Allegro con brio; Marcia funebre: Adagio assai; Scherzo: Allegro vivace; Finale: Allegro molto); Symphony No 2 in D Op 36 (1801-2) (Adagio - Allegro con brio; Larghetto; Scherzo: Allegro; Allegro molto); Symphony No 4 in B flat Op 60 (1806) (Adagio - Allegro vivace; Adagio; Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace; Allegro ma non troppo); Symphony No 5 in C minor Op 67 (1804-8) (Allegro con brio; Andante con moto; Allegro; Allegro); Symphony No 6 in F Op 68 'Pastoral' (1807-8) (Angenehme, heitere Empfindungen, welche bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande im Menschen erwachen: Allegro ma non troppo; Szene am Bach: Andante molto moto; Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute: Allegro; Donner. Sturm: Allegro; Hirtengesang, Wohltätige, mit Dank an die Gottheit verbundene Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto); Symphony No 7 in A Op 92 (1811-12) (Poco sostenuto - Vivace; Allegretto; Presto; Allegro con brio); Symphony No 8 in F Op 93 (1811-2) (Allegro vivace e con brio; Allegretto scherzando; Tempo di Menuetto; Allegro vivace); Symphony No 9 in D minor Op 125 'Choral' (1822-24) (Allegro ma non troppo e un poco maestoso; Molto vivace; Adagio molto e cantabile; Presto; Presto - Recitativo 'O Freunde, night diese Töne!'; Allegro assai vivace - 'Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen'; Andante maestoso - 'Seid umschlungen, Millionen!'; Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato 'Freude, schöner Götterfunken'; Allegro ma non tanto 'Freude, Tochter aus Elysium!')


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