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Ormandy: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 "Choral" (r. 1964) - German CBS S 72633

$8.00 USD

CBS (LP)

Jacket EX / LP NM (German pressing - blue label - stereo)

This beautiful LP from CBS (S 72653, German pressing, blue label, stereo) features Eugene Ormandy’s deeply impressive reading of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125 “Choral”, recorded in 1964 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Chorus Director: Richard P. Condie) and soloists Lucine Amara (soprano), Lili Chookasian (alto), John Alexander (tenor), and John Macurdy (bass).

Hearing this blind, I suspect many listeners would be enormously impressed and demand to hear more Beethoven from this partnership. However, perhaps owing to overexposure, Ormandy ended up being taken for granted and the true stature of his discography was not fully appreciated. This is a powerful Beethoven 9th, able to withstand most any comparison.

The exact track list is as follows:

A1

  1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso

15:13

A2

  1. Molto vivace; Presto

10:20

A3

III. Adagio molto e cantabile (beginning)

7:17

B1

III. Adagio molto e cantabile (conclusion)

7:57

B2

  1. Presto; Allegro assai; Recitativo; Allegro assai (Schiller's "Ode To Joy")

23:50

This remarkable album was produced by Thomas Frost and the sound has tremendous amplitude and dynamic range – a sonic tour de force.

There are extensive liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by To Burg, provided in German only. The striking cover design is uncredited.

CONDITION:

The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.

The condition of the jacket is EXCELLENT. There is minor wear at corners, but really that is all. There are no bends, seamsplits, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.

The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Though surfaces are not perfectly silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT), this is a fine copy and playback is superb. However, if you must have perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP – this is a lovely collector's copy.

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