BEETHOVEN Symphonie No. 9 / Myung-Whun Chung

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Symphonie No. 9
Kathleen Kim · Songmi Yang
Yosep Kang · Samuel Youn
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
Myung-Whun Chung
Int. Release 03 Dec. 2013
1 CD / Download
0289 481 0591 5 CD DDD GH


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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral"

2.
12:39

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung Whun Chung

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung Whun Chung, Kathleen Kim, Songmi Yang, Yosep Kang, Samuel Youn, The National Chorus of Korea, Seoul Motet Choir, Anyang Civic Chorale

Total Playing Time 1:08:09

This Ninth from Seoul is up-to-date, flexible and expressive. Myung-Whun Chung and his Seoul Philharmonic have been climbing the international league table during his ten years as music director, and there is no doubt that this Orchestra now plays with admirable unanimity, tonal lustre, responsiveness and character. There is much to like about the performance overall, the intensity of long-held notes in the strings (and this group's depth of sound), the poetic expression of the woodwinds that are also vividly detailed and full of meaning, and the overall dedication . . . The slow movement is a wonder, properly spacious and beautifully sounded (something so appealing in these lean, vibrato-reduced times), the melodies blossoming out to embrace us . . . The vocal soloists and combined choruses acquit themselves well . . . The 'Turkish March' (with tenor) is unusually jaunty and hip-swinging with the ensuing fugal episode particularly virile. The very end is exhilarating. All in all, this is an inviting, uplifting and rewarding account of Beethoven 9, performed with instinct and endeavour . . .