Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

COMPOSERS: Beethoven
LABELS: Music & Arts
WORKS: Symphony No. 9
PERFORMER: Soloists; Teatro Colón Chorus & Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini
CATALOGUE NO: CD 1119
After that, Arturo Toscanini’s 1941 Buenos Aires performance sounds almost indecently rushed, though the soloists are very distinguished: but the recording is hard and noisy, with particular problems in the finale. Again there’s a powerful musical mind at work, with a vision of Beethoven’s message as something of incredible urgency, as opposed to Furtwängler’s almost philosophical approach.

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