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Beethoven Symphony No. 9

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Beethoven Symphony No. 9

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Recorded and Mixed to 96kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM. The 9624 WAV files (9624 is our shorthand for 96kHz, 24-bit encoding) are the original digital file generation received from the artist or label. The DSD and FLAC files are considered second generation and made from conversions using our Blue Coast conversion methods. DSF and FLAC will offer the convenience of metadata that the WAV files will not.

Album Credits: 

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Erin Wall, soprano
Kendall Gladen, mezzo-soprano
William Burden, tenor
Nathan Berg, bass-baritone

San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Ragnar Bohlin, chorus director

Recorded live in PCM 96 kHz/24-bit audio June 27-30, 2012 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.

Producer: Jack Vad
SFS Media Manager: Andrea Luhrs
Engineering Support: Roni Jules and Gus Polleck
Post Production: Jonathan Stevens
Art Direction and Design: Alan Trugman
Cover Photo: Sunset and Clouds above Mt. Shasta by QT Luong
San Francisco Symphony and Chorus Photo: Kristen Loken
# Play Song Title Duration
1.

I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso

16:23
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II. Molto vivace

11:45
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III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato

16:27
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IV. Finale: Ode, “To Joy”

26:08

Some early listeners encountering Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the first time dismissed it as the raving of a deaf lunatic. Beethoven’s contemporary Louis Spohr was an enthusiast of his colleague’s prior works, but here he drew the line: its first three movements, he wrote, “are to my mind inferior to all the eight previous symphonies,” and he found the finale “so monstrous and tasteless … that I cannot understand how a genius like Beethoven could have written it.” And yet, countered Hector Berlioz, “There is a small minority of musicians whose nature inclines them to consider carefully whatever may broaden the scope of art, … and they assert that this work is the most magnificent expression of Beethoven’s genius. … That is the view I share.”

The Ninth provided much to perplex its audiences. When Beethoven unleashed it, the idea of a symphony running an hour or more was preposterous. Nonetheless, the impact of this piece was such that it inspire some ensuing symphonists to essay structures as long or even longer. Beethoven’s inclusion of voices in the finale also caused consternation.

Like all Beethoven’s symphonies, the Ninth was conceived as a grand experiment; but it held onto its stature as a beacon of the avant-garde even more firmly than its predecessors did. Doubtless that has to do partly with the fact that it was Beethoven’s last symphony. The Ninth takes on a magnified aura of monumentality—of finality, on one hand, but also of pointing to a future that Beethoven would not himself address. The path from the Ninth remained an uncharted challenge to future generations of composers. No masterpiece inspired them more.

—excerpt from liner notes by James M. Keller

Mood Description:
A masterpiece that stands alone on this album, features the famous "Ode To Joy" in the finale
Composer:
Ludwig van Beethoven