Editorial for November, 2017

While the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has presented recordings of Beethoven symphonies in the past, Sir Simon Rattle is now following the footsteps of Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado in recording the complete cycle of the Beethoven Symphonies. Rattle has been the principal conductor and artistic director of the orchestra since 2002, with his tenure drawing to a close next year.  The recordings of the symphonies were originally released as CDs in 2015, to great positive recognition.  Now these recordings have been produced on vinyl, to the delight of audiophile purists.

Along with Sir Thomas Rattle conducting, the Ninth has the soloists Annette Dasch, Eva Vogel, Christian Eisner, and Dimitry Ivashchenko, supported by the Berlin Radio Choir lead by Simon Halsey.

This extraordinary box set of 10 vinyl albums is being sponsored promotionally by the publisher, Naxos of America, as well as Audiophile Audition.  All you need to do to enter the drawing is to fill out the form found here: Register To Win

Please visit our sponsor’s site for more information, as well as audio samples:  Naxos Beethoven – Berlin Philharmonic.


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