OTTO KLEMPERER CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 9 in D Minor, Op. 125. Recorded with the Concertgebouw Orchestra,Amsterdam,17 May 1956, with Gre Brouwenstijn, soprano Annie Hermes, contralto Ernst Häfliger, tenor Hans Wilbrink, bass Amsterdam Toonkunst Choir. Symphony No 8 in F Major, Op. 93. Recorded with the Concertgebouw Orchestra,Amsterdam,17 May 1956 (both high fidelity mono recordings). Ah, Perfido! Op. 65 Rec. with Gre Brouwenstijn, soprano and the Concertgebouw Orchestra,Amsterdam, 26 April 1951. Restoration engineer: Aaron Z. Snyder; notes by Harris Goldsmith. (AAD) Total time: 112:28. UPC # 0-17685 11912-5.
This Beethoven 9th was originally released by us on CD-292 in 1986 and was newly remastered in 2006; the 8th, taken from the same concert, has not previously appeared. Critic Henry Fogel wrote of the original issue of the 9th in Fanfare: “The Concertgebouw plays as if possessed, the chorus sings in the same manner, and one listens to this performance feeling the impact of great music being performed with the deepest of emotional and intellectual conviction”.