Mark Elder jumps in for historic Beethoven Ninth

Mark Elder jumps in for historic Beethoven Ninth


norman lebrecht

December 16, 2020

The Halle conductor Sir Mark Elder was a last-minute savious of a Beethoven ninth symphony by the period-instrument Hanover Band after its intended conductor,  Benjamin Bayl, was hit by Covid travel issues.

It’s believed to be the only Beethoven Ninth to be recorded during Covid. The soloists are Sophie Bevan (Soprano), Madeleine Shaw (Mezzo), Ed Lyon (Tenor), and Darren Jeffery (Baritone). The performance can be heard from 8pm tonight on the band’s website here.



  • dorset dick says:

    He was due to perform Beethoven 9, with the period Orchestra of 18 th century last month in Amsterdam.

  • Ugh says:

    Yes, ANOTHER Beethoven 9th. Just what the world needs. literally another recording of literally another Beethoven symphony. Can’t make this stuff up.

  • Gala says:

    Rotterdam is alive and kickin it big!! 9th on New Year’s Eve

  • Emil says:

    Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Orchestre Metropolitain recorded a complete Beethoven symphony cycle over the summer, including the 9th, for broadcast on DG Stage.

  • Marfisa says:

    Correction, a recording, not live, but still a premiere …

  • Julien Hervé says:

    Actually the Rotterdam Phil is recording a version with Andrew Manze those days –