Happy Endings

March 30, 2019, 5:30 pm

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A 19th Century print depicting the first Performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Beethoven drawn in the middle of his orchestra (Photo:Bettmann(Life time: 19th Century) / Public domain)

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from his Symphony No. 9 is the centerpiece of this program. Herbert Von Karajan conducts. Also heard will be the finale of Verdi’s Falstaff with Bryn Terfel, and of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Shirley Verrett and Anna Moffo.


“Divo Amore…” from Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Shirley Verrett, soprano; Anna Moffo, soprano; Judith Raskin, soprano; Polyphonic Chorus of Rome, I Virtuosi di Roma; Renato Fasano, conductor
(Rome 1965. SONY 19075810752)

“Tutto nel mondo e burla” from Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, with supporting cast; Radio Choir of Berlin; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Claudio Abbado, conductor
(Berlin 2001. DGG 289 471196‐2)

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Op. 125 “Ode to Joy” by Ludwig Van Beethoven
Gundula Janowitz, soprano; Hilde Rössel-Majdan, contralto; Waldemar Kmentt, tenor; Walter Berry, bass-baritone; Vienna Singverein; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Herbert Von Karajan, conductor
(Berlin 1962. DGG 429 041‐2)