LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Symphony No. 9 in D Minor , Op. 125.
Catalogue Number: 04S026
Description: This project of recording the complete Beethoven symphonies on period instruments in the venues where they were first performed, comes to the big kahuna here, scrupulously respecting the layout of the orchestra 200 years ago, and also that of the chorus, which at that time was positioned in front of the orchestra. The work’s premiere took place in May 1824 at the Kärntnertortheater in Vienna, which no longer exists. The symphony was performed again shortly afterwards in the Grosser Redoutensaal of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. It is in this hall that the present recording was made in 2015. To complement the album, Alpha offers a documentary with numerous interviews on the genesis of the project and the creation of the symphonies. Laura Akin (soprano), Michaela Selinger (mezzo), Steve Davislim (tenor), José Antonio López (baritone), Chorus Sine Nomine, Orchester Wiener Akademie.