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Old 13th October 2006, 02:28 PM   #1
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Default Beethoven's 9th... best version please?

I have decided I need a new CD or 2... Beethoven's 9th.

Anybody have any suggestions? Not neccesarily the best engineered... or the best orchestra, conductor etc... just that magical combination.

Any opinions?
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Old 15th October 2006, 12:05 AM   #2
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Bump... C'mon guys.
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Old 15th October 2006, 12:18 AM   #3
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Hi poobah
when it comes to music it's got to be good
you wont enjoy bad music with good equipement

if you really like the music buy it, i think some classical
music is rubbish so is some other tipes of music

Beethoven's 9th is no1 if you dont buy it you will be
missing the best classical music ever

cheers
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Old 15th October 2006, 12:31 AM   #4
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I haven't heard enough to really have an opinion.

Might want to check here and just read the reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_m/...0&Go.y=0&Go=Go
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Old 15th October 2006, 12:35 AM   #5
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Poobah,

My favourites (that's Aussie spelling for you!) are all from Deutche Grammaphon, the Kubelik version from 1976 (comes with 7 & 8 as well, I think), the Bernstein version from 1980 (comes with all 8) and the Karajan version from 1984. The later versions from DG all sound pretty sterile - to be sure, you don't miss a note, but they don't sound like you are in the audience, they sound like multi-tracked, multi-miked, 'built' sort of stuff.

Try www.allmusic.com for a listing of available versions (I think most of the are CD/SACD). I'd like to get a couple more - although I generally only listen to the choral and make a fool of myself trying to sing the words.
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Old 15th October 2006, 01:43 AM   #6
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My own Beethoven recordings are mostly older ones and on lp, but today I would probably buy Herbert Blomstedt (low priced Brilliant Box, with the rest of the symphonies included). Slightly laid-back performances, but with an inner strength and everything nicely proportioned. I have heard only a couple of the symphonies from the set on the local radio station, but I often see it recommend as a whole. Good luck!
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I'd sure give a listen to Roger Norrington and the London Classical Players. It is a HIP (Historically Informed Performance), meaning they use instruments and performance styles of Beethoven's time. Exciting stuff.

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The one I like most: The version by Toscannini directing the NBC orchestra, on RCA records - mono for sure.
I have one by solti, another by karerjann. Toscanini rules..
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Old 15th October 2006, 02:09 AM   #9
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Thanks guys... now I have something to start on...

It not the $15 for a CD... it's the idea of wasting $15 on a bad one!
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Old 15th October 2006, 05:39 AM   #10
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By 'em used.. e.g. on Amazon. There are real deals to be had.

I like the Solti, but haven't heard the CD transfer.
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