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Beethoven, L. Van: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, "Choral"
Duo Zaccaria Deljavan, Piano 4-Hands

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Total duration: 66:04
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Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, commonly known as the 'Choral Symphony,' stands as a monumental work in Beethoven's oeuvre. This symphony, renowned for its final movement featuring the 'Ode to Joy,' is a masterpiece of human expression and musical innovation. In this rendition arranged for piano four hands by Jean Henri Ravina, the grandeur and complexity of Beethoven's original orchestration are transposed to the intimate setting of the piano, offering a unique perspective on this iconic composition. Ravina's arrangement provides listeners with an opportunity to explore the profound emotional depth and revolutionary spirit of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony through the lens of piano duet performance, showcasing the enduring power and adaptability of this timeless musical work.
In the first movement, 'Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso,' the symphony opens with a sense of foreboding, gradually building into a powerful exposition of thematic material. The second movement, 'Molto vivace,' propels the listener forward with its energetic scherzo character, creating a lively and rhythmic atmosphere. Beethoven's genius is prominently displayed in the third movement, 'Adagio molto e cantabile,' a sublime and emotionally rich set of variations. As the symphony progresses into the final movement, the 'Ode to Joy' takes center stage. With its iconic choral finale and celebration of universal brotherhood, this movement transcends the boundaries of classical music and resonates as a timeless anthem of human aspiration. Jean Henri Ravina's arrangement for piano four hands masterfully captures the essence of each movement, preserving the symphony's emotional depth and thematic brilliance within the intimate framework of a duet performance.
In this recording, the remarkable duo of Maurizio Zaccaria and Alessandro Deljavan brings a profound interpretation of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral,' brilliantly arranged for piano four hands by Jean Henri Ravina. Zaccaria and Deljavan's exceptional skill and energy breathe new life into Beethoven's monumental work, delivering a performance that resonates with emotional depth and artistic brilliance. Their nuanced approach and masterful execution showcase a deep understanding of Beethoven's musical language, capturing the essence of each movement and revealing the enduring power of the 'Choral' Symphony in this intimate piano adaptation.

Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, "Choral"
Duo Zaccaria Deljavan, Piano 4-Hands

Prod. No.: 381 / 2023
Cat. No: OC23088B
UPC: 685071046067
No. Album(s): 1

Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2023

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
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Artwork: OnClassical

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Instrument(s) used: Steinway & Sohns D-274 piano, 'Audi-O'

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