BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 / Lorengar, 4304382
. . . [a] sterling recording . . . [3rd movement]: the sheer beauty of the orchestral playing from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Solti's grasp of structure . . . convince me that his is a wholly homogeneous vision . . . it is the finale which crowns Solti's recording and explains why so many previous reviewers rank it amongst their favourites. From the moment the growling double basses make their opening statement through to the glorious paean of universal love, this movement rivets the listener's attention and sweeps all before it. The sonorous quality of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra combined with the power and attack of the Chorus would themselves almost be enough to recommend this recording, but the addition of a stellar vocal quartet clinches it . . . this is definitely among the top choices for a library recording.