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Hollow pathos is not his thing. From an artist like Mariss Jansons Friedrich Schiller’s Ode: “An die Freude” must receive a far deeper significance, which also fully encompasses the doubt and profound hope embodied in this text. And thus, in Jansons’s recording of the Ninth Symphony, the choral finale does not degenerate to mere superficial orgy of jubilation, but rather becomes a delicately balanced, wisely developed drama. On October 27, 2007, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks played Beethoven’s Ninth in the presence of the Pope in the Vatican. The recording of this memorable concert is now being released in the highest audiophile recording quality as a multi-channel SACD (hybrid)
Beethoven’s Ninth with a solo ensemble of international star singers.
Up-to-date, audiophile recording from 2007 in high-resolution SACD format.
Mariss Jansons with one of the most significant symphonic works in the classic repertoire.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral"
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
IV. Finale: Presto - Allegro assai
“Jansons takes a broader view of the Choral Symphony than we're used to these days. His solemn approach is most effective in the first movement, bringing out not only the music's rugged grandeur but also the strain of melancholy that runs through it...Jansons's finale benefits from a strong team of soloists, with Michael Volle particularly fine in the all-important baritone part.”
“The key to Jansons's reading is its clarity and understated intensity, the stripping away of all extraneous gesture and, in the finale, of any hint of easy triumphalism...The finale is indeed impressive. Words are clear and pitches secure in which a sense of joy that is at best provisional strongly etched.”
21st January 2011
“Jansons possesses and harnesses an intense interpretative energy, lending the whole performance an inevitability of direction and giving the symphonic climaxes an utterly natural, visceral force...a fine testament to Jansons’s art and a classic Beethoven “Choral”.”
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