Editors’ Notes A fast-paced, thrilling peformance—as Beethoven originally intended.

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Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 "Choral"
Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 "Choral": I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
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Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 "Choral": II. Scherzo. Molto vivace - Presto
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Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 "Choral": III. Adagio molto e cantabile
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Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 "Choral": IV. Finale: Chorus "An die Freude" ("Ode to Joy")
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Benjamin Zander Discusses Beethoven Symphony No. 9: Introduction - Tempo: a personal preference
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Discussion - Beethoven and tempo: the miracle of the metronome
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Discussion - The case of the Ninth: history of past performances
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Discussion - The purpose of this recording: a glimpse through different glasses
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Discussion - Least controversial points: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th movements
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Discussion - More controversial points: 1st movement
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Discussion - The Adagio: what, exactly, constitutes a "slow" tempo
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Discussion - Most controvesial points: the 4th movement
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Discussion - Extremely controversial points & explanations (1): March and Double Fugue
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Discussion - Extremely controversial points & explanations (2): Scherzo, Trio, and Prestissimo
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Discussion - Closing thoughts: the ongoing exploration of a masterpiece
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