Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral" (Live at Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Germany, 7/29/1951) Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Wilhelm Furtwängler

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Album info

Album-Release:
2022

HRA-Release:
07.01.2022

Label: BIS

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Wilhelm Furtwängler

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

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  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827):
  • 1Beethoven: Welcoming Announcements (Live at Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Germany, 7/29/1951)01:57
  • 2Beethoven: Programme Announcement (Live at Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Germany, 7/29/1951)02:19
  • Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral":
  • 3Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso (Live at Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Germany, 7/29/1951)18:01
  • 4Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": II. Scherzo. Molto vivace - Presto (Live at Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Germany, 7/29/1951)11:46
  • 5Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": III. Adagio molto e cantabile (Live at Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Germany, 7/29/1951)19:13
  • 6Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": IV. Presto (Live at Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Germany, 7/29/1951)24:56
  • Ludwig van Beethoven:
  • 7Beethoven: Applause & Closing Remarks (Live at Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Germany, 7/29/1951)02:44
  • Total Runtime01:20:56

Info for Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral" (Live at Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Germany, 7/29/1951)



Seventy years ago, on the 29th July 1951, Wilhelm Furtwängler conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at a concert marking the reopening of the Bayreuth Festival after seven years of silence following the Second World War. It was a momentous occasion, and the concert was broadcast by Bavarian Radio and transmitted across the world, for instance by Swedish Radio. Using the analogue mono tape as digitized by Swedish Radio, the present disc reproduces the broadcast as it would have been heard by listeners in Sweden: we have chosen to not change anything, not to ‘brush up’ the sound, not to clean and shorten the pauses or omit audience noises within the music, but to keep the original as it was. In this way we hope to recreate the feeling of actually sitting in front of an old radio in 1951, listening to this important concert – a true historical document.

“Yet, after the war, he had to prove to the World that German musical Art had indeed survived that fateful period as well as some attempts by the Allies to ignore or undermine German culture. The whole musical world retained its breath while Beethoven was universally re-born when Furtwängler conducted the Ninth for the re-opening of Bayreuth in 1951” (Sami Habra)

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano
Hans Hopf, tenor
Otto Edelmann, bass
Elisabeth Höngen, mezzo-soprano
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Festspielorchester Bayreuth
Festspielchor Bayreuth
Wilhelm Furtwängler, conductor

Recorded live on July 29. 1951 at the Bayreuth Festival

Digitally remastered

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