Berliner Philharmoniker – Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 “Choral” (Live) (2021) [FLAC 24bit, 48 kHz]

Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker
Album: Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 “Choral” (Live)
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2021
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24bit, 48 kHz
Duration: 01:13:38
Total Tracks: 4
Total Size: 821 MB


1. Berliner Philharmoniker – I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso (Live) (17:12)
2. Berliner Philharmoniker – II. Scherzo. Molto vivace (Live) (11:24)
3. Berliner Philharmoniker – III. Adagio molto e cantabile (Live) (20:11)
4. Tilla Briem – IV. Finale. Presto (Live) (24:49)


Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, known as the ‘Choral’, possessed an especial significance for Furtwängler: according to his secretary, Berta Geissmar, a performance of this work was always ‘a sacred occasion for Furtwängler since his earliest days’. He did not allow this work onto his programmes during the First World War when he was conducting at Mannheim, and only conducted it on special occasions afterwards, treating it always ‘as a holy ritual’. He never sought to make a studio recording of the work, perhaps reflecting his view of it as a communal experience. In addition he saw it as one of the most perfect pieces of music ever created, writing for instance of the final movement: ‘…in the entire history of music I cannot cite an example showing more clearly the formal autonomy of pure music.’

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