Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125 “Choral.” Tilla Briem, soprano; Elisabeth Höngen, contralto; Peter Anders, tenor; Rudolf Watzke, bass; Bruno Kittel Choir, BPO, 22/24 March 1942 cond. Wilhelm Furtwängler (1942). 2012 digital remastering by Aaron Z. Snyder – first 100% correctly pitched issue, using state-of-the-art sonic tools. Originally issued in 1994 as CD-653 in a restoration by Maggi Payne. Notes by John Ardoin. Total Time : 73:12. UPC # 0-1768512762-5.
“…This is a Ninth to end Ninths–you’ll never get over this ferocity.”
—Robert Levine, Pulse!
“…this wartime live Berlin performance is special, crackling with the tension of the times and the conductor’s defiant rage.”
—Dan Davis, Absolute Sound