Beethoven 9 Exclusive iTunes Release

Posted on February 19, 2012

The fifth and final recording in Manchester Camerata’s Beethoven Cycle – Beethoven 9 – is now available to buy exclusively on iTunes till 1 March 2012.  The CD will be released soon on the Avie label and marks the culmination of an amazing ten year journey for the orchestra under the baton of its former Music Director, Douglas Boyd.

Buy NOW – Available exclusively on iTunes until 1 March 2012

Manchester Camerata concludes its acclaimed Beethoven cycle, appropriately with the composer’s final Symphony, the glorious Ninth.

Like the previous releases in this cycle these live recordings capture the spirit and freshness of these remarkable, genre-busting works, as well as the excitement, atmosphere and energy of the chamber orchestra under Douglas Boyd, the ensemble’s Music Director for 10 years.

Manchester Camerata has become one of the finest, most innovative chamber orchestras in the UK, and Douglas Boyd has proven to be an eminent Beethovenian.

Conducting the composer’s Fidelio at the 2009 Garsington Opera Festival, The Times (London) noted “his grasp of Beethovenian idiom” and “pungent underlining of orchestral detail”, praising the musical performance as “sublime and exultant”.

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9

Douglas Boyd & Manchester Camerata

Rebecca von Lipinksi soprano
Anna Grevelius mezzo-soprano
Peter Wedd tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Catalogue # AV2245

Recorded live in concert at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, January 2011
Produced by Andrew Keener

Track Listing

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral”

1. I Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso (14:38)

2. II Molto vivace (13:23)

3. III Adagio molto e cantabile (13:14)

4. V Presto – “O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!” – Allegro assai – Allegro assai vivace: alla Marcia – Andante maestoso – Adagio ma non troppo ma divoto – Allegro energico – Allegro ma non tanto … Presto (23:18)

Total time: 64:58