© 2007 London Philharmonic Orchestra
℗ 2007 London Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 8 October 1992
Total playing time 71:58
Released February 2009

CD: Beethoven – Symphony No. 9

LPO conducted by Klaus Tennstedt

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Choral)

Klaus Tennstedt conductor
Lucia Popp soprano
Ann Murray mezzo soprano
Anthony Rolfe Johnson tenor
René Pape bass
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Choir
Jeremy Jackman chorus master
Joakim Svenheden leader

In one of his last concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra before his retirement from public performance, Klaus Tennstedt turned to Beethoven’s unequivocal proclamation of human love and brotherhood: the Ninth Symphony. As the conductor struggled with illness, every one of his late concerts in London became an event, as if any could be his last. Tennstedt’s singularly grand and lengthy view of Beethoven’s music was unique; that, and the acute atmosphere of his last London appearances, shines through in this performance, one of a pair of concerts marking the Orchestra’s 60th anniversary.

Listen First


‘This 1992 recording is momentous as it captures one of the last performances by Klaus Tennstedt before his retirement … Tennstedt draws a fire from the strings that is both inexorable and euphoric. He brings a lightly explosive touch to the Scherzo that makes the lyrical warmth of the Adagio all the more easeful and reflective.’
Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman, 23 January 2009

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