Beethoven: Symphony No 9
Stokowski, Harper, London SO by Heather Harper (Cassette, London/Decca Weekend Classics)
Donald McIntyre (Artist), Heather Harper (Artist), Alexander Young (Artist), Ludwig van Beethoven (Composer), Leopold Stokowski (Conductor), London Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra), New Philharmonia Orchestra (Orchestra)
This performance may very well be the most re-orchestrated version the Beethoven’s 9th on record.
There’s nothing Phase 4 about this Beethoven Ninth from 1967 until we get to the close-miked vocal parts, which is fortunate since at its worst Phase 4 metastasized orchestras into garish carnivals. The London Sym. is placed a bit away from the listener, and balances are natural.