Rattle Caps Beethoven Cycle with Symphony No. 9

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Soloists and the Rundfunkchor Berlin join Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Soloists and the Rundfunkchor Berlin join Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. (Monika Rittershaus/Berlin Philharmonic)

We conclude the Berlin Philharmonic's cycle of Beethoven symphonies, with his towering Ninth. Sir Simon Rattle conducts the performance from Philharmonie in Berlin. The orchestra is joined by a talented quartet of soloists and the Rundfunkchor Berlin, led by chorus master Simon Halsey.

In addition, we hear selections from "Violins of Hope, A Concert on International Holocaust Remembrance Day," which was performed on Jan. 27, 2015. In this concert, led by Rattle as well, the violin section of the Berlin Philharmonic played on instruments that once belonged to victims of the Holocaust.

Terrance McKnight hosts this series, featuring exclusive recordings of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Program Playlist:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in in D minor
Soloists: Annette Dasch, soprano; Eva Vogel, mezzo-soprano; Christian Elsner, tenor; Dimitry Ivashchenko, bass,
Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Mahler: Adagietto from the Symphony No. 5

Achron: Hebrew Melody (arr. Ohad Ben-Ari)
Guy Braunstein, violin

Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041 (Second Movement) 
Guy Braunstein, violin

Beethoven: Romance No. 2 in F major (arr. Ohad Ben-Ari)
Guy Braunstein, violin

The Beethoven Symphonies 1-9 Boxset is now available for pre-sale order at Arkiv Music and other Berlin Philharmonic recordings are available for sale on iTunes.

Comments [2]

eqjones from Brooklyn

Guess I'm not alone.

Jun. 03 2016 05:05 PM
eqjones from Brooklyn

I realize that I may in a very small minority in feeling this way, but I listened to Rattle's 5th followed by Kleiber/Vienna, his 7th followed by Reiner/Chicago, and his 9th followed by Karajan/Berlin, and I came away thinking that if he were a painter his genre would be finger-painting.

I didn't hear the crisp, clean, clear music I expect from the Berliner! :(

Jun. 01 2016 09:58 PM

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