Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 ‘Choral’


London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus / Bernard Haitink

Twyla Robinson (soprano)
Karen Cargill (mezzo)
John MacMaster (tenor)
& Gerald Finley (bass)

Catalogue Number: ALC 1387
Number of Discs: 1
Date/Runtime:DDD, 2006: Time 68:05
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“the slow third movement… 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 … before welcoming the ‘Ode to Joy’ theme – adds hugely to the effect.” (BBC Music magazine)
“a magnificent Ninth, done with total commitment under Haitink’s inspiring leadership…with splendid chorus and soloists in full cry, and orchestra in blazing form” (Sunday Times)

  • [1] I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso 15:35
  • [2] II. Scherzo & Trio. Molto vivace 13:50
  • [3] III. Adagio molto e cantabile 14:11
  • [4] IV. Finale. Presto – Allegro ma non troppo – Vivace –
    Adagio cantabile 24:28

Additional information

Weight 120 g
Dimensions 12.2 × 13.5 × 2 cm