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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Overtures "Egmont" & "Leonore III"

Irmgard Seefried, Maureen Forrester, Ernst Haefliger, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Chor der St. Hedwig's-Kathedrale, Karl Forster, Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferenc Fricsay

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Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral"  
1
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Ferenc Fricsay
16:42
2
II. Molto vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Ferenc Fricsay
10:31
3
III. Adagio molto e cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Ferenc Fricsay
18:01
4
IV. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Ferenc Fricsay
6:13
5
IV. Presto - Allegro assai
Ludwig van Beethoven; Irmgard Seefried; Maureen Forrester; Ernst Haefliger; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Chor der St. Hedwig's-Kathedrale; Karl Forster; Berliner Philharmoniker; Ferenc Fricsay
17:07
6
Music To Goethe's Tragedy "Egmont" Op.84
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Ferenc Fricsay
9:00
7
Overture "Leonore No.3", Op.72b
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Ferenc Fricsay
14:16
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:31:50
"... remains among the best (Symphony No. 9) ever recorded ... a fine quartet of soloists, enthusiastic chorus, gorgeously expansive recorded sound (superbly remastered) and wonderful playing by the Berlin Philharmonic set the seal on a performance that should never have been permitted to leave the active catalogue. Thank God it's back. Terrific Egmont too. Enjoy while you can!"
- ClassicsToday.com

This early stereo version of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 was recorded in 1958 and showcases the conducting prowess of Ferenc Fricsay, who became famous for the performance. Fricsay leads the Berliner Philharmoniker, a choir and a cast of acclaimed soloists, including a young Maureen Forrester and lyric baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. This riveting version of the Ninth Symphony was later used by Stanley Kubrick in pivotal scenes in his film A Clockwork Orange.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Deutsche Grammophon Studio Masters

Recording/Aufnahme/ Enregistrement: Berlin, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, 12/1957, 14/1958
Executive Producer: Prof. Elsa Schiller
Recording Producer: Otto Gerdes
Tonmeister (Balance Engineer): Werner Wolf
Artist Photos: List/DG (Fricsay) · Rama, Berlin (Seefried) · Kurt Illmann, Berlin (Forrester) · Fayer, Wien (Haefliger/Fischer-Dieskau)
Art Direction: Hartmut Pfeiffer

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