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The Beethoven Symphonies: Symphony No 9, in D minor

on BBC Two England

Otto Klemperer conducts Symphony No 9, in D minor
with Teresa Zylis-Gara (soprano), Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), George Shirley (tenor), Theo Adam (bass)
New Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus-master Wilhelm Pitz
New Philharmonia Orchestra
leader Emanuel Hurwitz

Tonight's programme was recorded at a public concert in the Royal Festival Hall in 1970, the Beethoven bicentenary year. It completes the cycle of symphonies conducted by Otto Klemperer, the leading Beethoven conductor of our day, when he was 85 years old. It was the last time he conducted all nine symphonies, for earlier this year he announced his retirement from the concert platform.
Commentary spoken by Richard Baker

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Richard Baker
Otto Klemperer
Teresa Zylis-Gara
Janet Baker
George Shirley
Theo Adam
New Philharmonia Chorus
Wilhelm Pitz
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Orchestra leader:
Emanuel Hurwitz
Vic Godrich
Hugh Cartwright
Walter Todds

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