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Saturday, May 13, 2017 Permalink

The Ninth Connection

Popular superstition drove "The Curse of the Ninth"


Beethoven blazed new trails in his symphonies, but his ninth took the cake.  It was longer, more varied and complex—ending with a resounding “Ode to Joy.”

It was a hard act to follow—and not just in terms of quality, but quantity—for the number nine, itself, would haunt symphonic composers for the next 200 years.

In this hour, the impact of Beethoven’s Ninth on Brahms, Bruckner, Dvorak, Mahler, Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams, and Glass.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Beethoven: The Symphonies Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt Teldec 2292-46452-2 02292464522
Brahms Symphony No. 1 Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Charles Mackarras Telarc  CD-80463 089408046322
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9  Bern Symphony Orchestra, Mario Venzago CPO 777 787-2 761203778720
Book w/CD: New Worlds of Dvorak [for piano ‘Swing Low’ & Dvorak 9th theme]  Michael B. Beckerman W.W. Norton & Company ISBN 0-393-04706-7
Dvorak: Symphonies [for “New World” Symphony] Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pesek Virgin C5618532 724356185326 
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas SFS Media  82193-60002-2 821936000229
Shostakovich: The Symphonies London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink Decca 475 7413 028947574132
Vaughan Williams: Symphonies  London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink EMI Classics  5 86026 2 724358602623
Glass: Symphony No 10 Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon BBC Music MM406 [None: by subscription only]
Alternatative: Volksgarte Music Theatre Orchestra, Linz Orange Mountain Music 801837010121

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