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Symphony No. 9 "choral". Choral Fantasy op.80

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado
2 CD
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A fantasy that turned into a symphony?
First and foremost, this double album enshrines the exemplary work of an ensemble whose designation ‘Baroque Orchestra’ by no means limits its excursions into later repertories: under the watchful eye of a gifted conductor, the ‘Freiburgers’ (and co.) offer us a profoundly renewed vision of the Ninth, that myth among myths, that touchstone of a genre in quest of the absolute – and the direct descendant of a much earlier ‘Choral Fantasy’. The latter work showcased one of Beethoven's most extraordinary talents: improvisation. Kristian Bezuidenhout has joined forces again with his concerto partners to let us experience this little-known score as if it had just been premiered . . . then transcribed by Beethoven himself!

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN [1770-1827] Symphony no.9 "Choral" op.125 in D minor / D-moll / ré mineur · I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso (13'35) · II. Molto vivace (13'32) · III. Adagio molto e cantabile (12'07) · IV. Finale. Presto (21'58)Choral Fantasy op.80 for piano choir and orchestra in C minor / C-moll / ut mineur · Adagio (3'54) · Finale. Allegro (6'29) · Adagio ma non troppo (4'23) · Allegro (3'56)

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