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Park Avenue Chamber Symphony: Beethoven, "Symphony No. 9"

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The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
David Bernard, Conductor 2007

Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 (Choral), 1822-24
Susanna Eyton-Jones, Soprano
Jan Wilson, Mezzo-Soprano
James Archey Worley, Tenor
Michael Riley, Bass-Baritone
The Brearley Singers, Stephen Black, Music Director
The Central City Chorus, Stephen Black, Music Director
The New York City Master Chorale, Thea Kano, Artistic Director

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
January 2, 2009

This CD is a live recording by The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, recorded on June 23, 2007 at Riverside Church in NYC. Each track is one of the four movements, and the Symphony combined its professional strength with the Choral Soloists, The Brearley Singers, The Central City Chorus, and The New York City Master Chorale. David Bernard, the Symphony’s permanent Conductor, draws the dynamic drama and momentum from his Orchestra that’s requisite to this renowned Symphony.

Tracks (Four Movements):

#1 – Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso – The First Movement has a sense of foreboding and turbulence, with the Chamber Symphony meeting this challenge. The strings and timpani are especially driven, as this Symphony storms in and captivates the listener, with persuasive power.

#2 – Molto Vivace, Presto, Molto vivace – The Second Movement was used as an introduction to NBC’s Huntley-Brinkley News, decades ago. The violins and horns have compelling charisma, overlaying the timpani, in a repetitive, echoing theme.

#3 – Adagio molto e cantabile, Andante moderato – The introduction of the Third Movement is lyrical and uplifting, with spiritual elements. The trombones are featured in thematic variations, and the movement ends in deliberate simplicity, like the calm before the storm.

#4 – Presto, Allegro assai, Alla marcia, Andante maestoso, Adagio ma non troppo, ma divoto, Allegro energico, Allegro ma non tanto, Prestissimo – This choral Fourth Movement brings in the soloists and various choral groups, all in one twenty-five minute–plus movement, in ecstatic and cerebral spirituality. The horns, trombones, and full percussion dynamically drive this ethereal and energetic movement with the excitement that the listener expects from “Beethoven’s Ninth”.

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