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Performance
 Composer  Beethoven  
 Composition    Symphony No. 9  
 Ensemble  NBC Symphony  
 Date  1952.03.31  
 Location  Carnegie Hall  
 Session  Studio  

Vocal Soloist
 Soloist    Role    Range  
 Farrell        Soprano  
 Merriman        Mezzo-Soprano  
 Peerce        Tenor  
 Scott        Bass  

Comments
Robert Shaw Chorale

The perfect B9!

No modern stereo recording sound really is that much better to place any first choice recording above this.

GS Excellent sound.

Immortal Fake stereo, reverb, and filtered highs.

This new release seems like it must have come from a different source, or the original tape has deteriorated some since the AT Collection release. Whereas GS has crystal clear highs with no tape hiss, The Immortal has a slight but not too annoying tape "scraping" sound to it in places.

If you are looking for a totally different view of this piece, check out Furtwangler from March 1942 on M&A 653. Almost too terrifying to listen to. I don't think it is really what Beethoven had in mind but everyone should hear it at least once and think what it must have been like to be a German conductor leading a largely Jewish orchestra in Nazi Germany.

LM-6901 Wonderful sound but still a few clicks, pops, and surface noise that bring it below GS.

FM almost identical if not slightly superior in sound to GS but since it has a split movement as does VIC and AT it is rated lower.

LM-6009 is not as clear or as good condition as other LPs.  

Issue
 Label    Issue    Album Title    Format  
 RCA    60256-2-RG    AT Collection Vol 5    CD  
 RCA    LM-6901    Toscanini: Nine Beethoven Symphonies    LP  
 RCA    74321 55837 2    The Immortal - Vol. III Symphony 9, Missa    CD  
 Franklin Mint    TOSC 4    Symphonies, Vol. 2    LP  
 RCA    VIC-1607    Toscanini: Beethoven Symphony No. 9    LP  
 RCA Germany    AT 600    Toscanini: Beethoven Die Neun Symphonien    LP  
 RCA    LM-6009    Toscanini: Beethoven Sym. Nos. 1 and 9    LP