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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Barbara Bonney (soprano); Birgit Remmert (contralto); Kurt Streit (tenor); Thomas Hampson (baritone);...
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  1. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125
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Interpretations of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, "Choral," range from the heavily Romantic to the spryly Classical, and this uncomfortable duality stems from the work's position on the fault line between those two musical eras. On the one hand, the dominance of German conductors, which lasted well into the 20th century, produced a late Romantic school of thought that favored a profoundly reverent treatment of the work, supported by the quasi-religious expressions in Johann Friedrich von Schiller's An die ...