Beethoven Symphony No. 9 Liv Redpath, soprano Ashley Dixon, mezzo-soprano Nicolas Phan, tenor Alfred Walker, baritone
The brunt of Covid is past us, most people have emerged from their caves into the sunlight once more, and it seems high time that we performed the Beethoven Ninth again (with a repeat performance in Carnegie Hall).
The Beethoven Ninth remains after two hundred years music's ultimate affirmation of the indomitable human spirit. No other work delivers this particular, powerful message in music of the richest complexity that is still understandable by everyone, everywhere. Mr. Zander feels a particularly close affinity to this work, and has a special respect for its message. He chose it back in 1990 as the first commercial recording to be made by the BPO, and a five years ago he re-recorded it in London – together with two and a half hours of spoken commentary – with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
“Redpath sparkled whenever she was on stage…a feat of virtuosity…trills, roulades, and stunning high notes with finesse.” -Cincinnati Business Courier
“Ashley Dixon’s bravura display of artistry…marked by robust vocal tone, pinpoint precision and a wondrous air of dramatic intensity.” -San Francisco Chronicle
“[Nicolas Phan] One of the world’s most remarkable singers” – Boston Globe
“[Alfred Walker’s] inky bass-baritone and clear projection” -Opera News