When this performance was first released on LP, High Fidelity said: “Dr. Walter’s performance is the most romantically aspiring of all, harmonically weightier than the others and voluptuously phrased”.
BRUNO WALTER’S NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC BEETHOVEN NINTH. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 9 in D Minor, Op. 125; recorded for American Columbia with NYPO on April 18, 1949, 30th Street Studio, NYC (Movements 1-3), and March 7, 1953, Carnegie Hall, NYC (Movement 4). With Frances Yeend, soprano; Martha Lipton, contralto; David Lloyd, tenor; Mack Harrell, baritone; Westminster Choir, John Finley Williamson, director.
Digital restoration (2004): John Wilson; liner notes: Mark Kluge. Note: this is NOT the “Choral” movement recently released by Music & Arts in set CD-1137 (which dates from 1949). Total time: 65:40. (AAD) UPC # 017685-11552-3.
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