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Album Review: Australian World Orchestra - Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Choral’ (2013 LP)

Symphony No. 9 was Beethoven’s final and arguably most famous symphony. Four beautifully written movements, ending with the iconic “Ode to Joy” fourth movement, Choral (as it’s generally known) is certainly a masterpiece from an interesting and rich period of music history. The Australian World Orchestra has bought the magnificence of this piece to life.

An incredibly fascinating orchestra initiative, The Australian World Orchestra brings together Australians from leading orchestras all around the world. Coming from the Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and many, many more, the AWO is one of the country’s most exhilarating orchestras.

As their first recording as an orchestra, the AWO chose a symphony that is perfectly suited to a wonderfully large, talented orchestra. Practically a concert in itself, the symphony is one of Beethoven’s longest written. Beautifully written, the piece is delightfully executed by the AWO. Their talent is undeniable throughout each and every movement.

A wonderful album from an enchantingly talented group of musicians, this recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is magical. The piece itself is almost flawlessly smooth, electrifyingly intense and engaging. The final movement of the symphony is certainly the high point of the piece. As an incredibly well-known piece of music, Ode to Joy is played with heart and soul and is absolutely breath-taking. The vocalists are strikingly accompanied by the orchestra at the climax of the piece and it’s clear to see the talent and love that is been put into the recording.

All in all, the mixture of a fantastic group of musicians and one of the most famous symphonies ever written is nothing short of perfect. The AWO has bought a beautifully conducted piece of music that is a beautiful listen for anyone that is interested in a brilliant portion of musical history.

Review Score: 7.9 out of 10