Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted By Felix Weingartner, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 (Choral)

Anastasia Tsioulcas

By Anastasia Tsioulcas

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

When you think of a 1930's Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 "Choral," your sonic memory might be of an overwhelmingly massive sound, and a certain plushness that luxuriates in Beethoven's brilliance. Here, though, courtesy of a 1933 recording with soprano Luise Helletsgruber, contralto Rosette Anday, tenor Georg Maikl, bass Richard Mayr, the Vienna State Opera Chorus and the Vienna Philharmonic, Weingartner offers a far different take on the famous 9th: a lean interpretation in which the famous opening sounds entirely fresh and new, even as it roams over very well-charted territory.