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March 5th, 2004
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Wo dein sanfter Fluegel weilt
I should track down a copy of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Current Music: A Clockwork Orange

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From:beowabbit
Date:March 5th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
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I might have a spare CD of that at home; I'll try to remember to look tonight. (Feel free to drop me email to remind me.) My classical CDs are in greater disarray than my folk/pop/rock, but I'll see what I can find.
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From:spwebdesign
Date:March 5th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
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Yes, you should. And don't settle for any old recording, either.
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From:queue
Date:March 5th, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC)
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Any particular recording I should look for?
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From:spwebdesign
Date:March 5th, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC)
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Off the top of my head, I'd say I like the Karajan recording. But there are two Karajan recordings, and one isn't so good...I just don't remember which one. Avoid Roger Norrington. There are several good recordings. I can research it a little more when I get home, if you'd like.
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From:queue
Date:March 5th, 2004 01:03 pm (UTC)
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That would be much appreciated.

Would a music idiot like me be able to tell the difference between a good recording and a bad recording?
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From:spwebdesign
Date:March 5th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Depends on how bad, and on how well you know the piece. And a lot of it depends on taste. For instance, Bernstein is beloved by many, but I think some things (Dvorak's 9th comes to mind) he took way too slowly so that the tempo sags. Something like Beethoven's 9th is sufficiently well known that you probably would notice a bad recording, even if the things that make it bad are fairly subtle.
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From:spwebdesign
Date:March 6th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)

A few recommendations

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I don't know how many of these are still available, but these are good recordings of the 9th to choose from amongst (listing conductor, symphony, and label, and any additional notes in parentheses; am not listing catalog numbers, since they're likely to have changed):

Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic, Deutsch Grammophon
Bohm, Vienna Philharmonic, Deutsch Grammophon
Giulini, London Symphony, Angel
Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsch Grammophon (there are 2: avoid the early '60s recording)
Fricsay, Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsch Grammophon Privilege
Jochum, Concertgebouw, Philips Festivo
Ozawa, New Philharmonia, Philips
Schmidt-Isserstedt, Vienna Philharmonic, London Jubilee (probably has the best soloists, with Sutherland, Horne, King, and Talvela, who is one of the greatest basses ever)
Solti, Chicago Symphony, London
Stokowski, London Symphony, London Stereo Treasury (though I'm not a huge fan of Stokowski, this is considered a classic recording, like the others)
Szell, Cleveland Orchestra, Odyssey
Toscanini, NBC Symphony, Victrola

I hope this helps. If you end up getting the Schmidt-Isserstedt, I'd like to borrow it. ;)
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