Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Boyd

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Label: AVIE
Catalog: AV2245
Format: CD

Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd, conductor; Rebecca von Lipinksi, soprano; Anna Grevelius, mezzo-soprano; Peter Wedd, tenor; Roderick Williams, baritone; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"

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".
critical acclaim for Douglas Boyd's and Manchester Camerata's Beethoven Symphony cycle "Gutsy, powerful, vivid - this Mancunian Beethoven is something quite special" - Gramophone, Editor's Choice
"brilliant live accounts ... fresh ... sizzling ... invigorating" - The Sunday Times
"a performance that combines dazzling agility with a properly Beethovenian truculence." - The Daily Telegraph

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