This is the last instalment in PentaTone’s Beethoven Symphonies cycle with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic conducted by Herreweghe, Philippe. In this recording the famous Collegium Vocal Gent also perform. With each new release this cycle gets more critical acclaim. The previous release featuring Symphonies 2 and 6 (PTC5186314) was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice.
“Herreweghe, Philippe`s Ninth gets off to a good start, with vivid accounts of the first two movements, aided by fine playing from the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
“The scherzo is rhythmically alive and exciting, underpinned by powerful contributions from the rather dry-sounding timpani...the sung recitative is dispatched well by David Wilson Johnson...The two choirs sing with real fervour.” INT. RECORD REVIEW