Karl Böhm ∙ Beethoven 1944


This valuable release offers the listener an early radio broadcast recording of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony conducted by Karl Böhm with the Vienna Philharmonic from 1944. Böhm provided a well-considered and measured Beethoven performance, building on his expertise for rhythmic, textural and structural clarity.

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KARL BÖHM conducts Beethoven

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125

Irmgard Seefried ∙ soprano
Elisabeth Höngen ∙ alto
Anton Dermota ∙ tenor
Mathieu Ahlersmeyer ∙ bass

Wiener Philharmoniker ∙ Chor der Wiener Staatsoper
Karl Böhm ∙ conductor

Chorus Master∙ Richard Rossmayer
Artistic Recording Producer ∙ Dr. Hans Sachs

Recorded ∙ 18 April 1944 ∙ Vienna ∙ Großer Musikvereinssaal ∙ Reichssender Wien ∙ Live Recording

Article number: MC 5006
UPC barcode: 791154054437
Recording date: 1944
Release date: July 2016
Booklet: 8 Pages
Total timing: 71:18
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2016 Meloclassic

September 2016 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Karl Böhm conducts Beethoven
A cursory glance at the catalogue reveals that there are about four or five Böhm Ninths, virtually one for every decade of his career, with several of the earliest ones having been given a facelift in recent years. The present performance was recorded in Vienna on 18 April 1944, and here receives its first CD release. It makes a valuable addition to the conductor’s discography. According to the booklet notes Böhm repeated the performance two days later in Berlin on the occasion of Hitler’s birthday. Lynn Ludwig’s audio restoration is pretty outstanding considering the age of the recording. There’s very little surface noise, and a remarkable amount of detail emerges. Meloclassic has provided an informative, comprehensive biographical portrait of the conductor. This release will appeal to those with an appreciation of great conducting. It’s definitely one for the connoisseurs.
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