Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Ode an die Freude"

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Ode an die Freude"
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Artist Staatskapelle Dresden
Herbert Blomstedt conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93841
EAN code 5028421938417
Release September 2008

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Schiller’s Ode to Joy although pre dating the French Revolution, was the nearest a German artist had come to espousing the same lofty ideas of equality and universal brotherhood. As in the 5th symphony Beethoven was again influenced by the music of post revolutionary Paris as can be heard in the martial sections of the finale. The great tune in the finale has become a motif for freedom the world over, and has become symbolic with freedom especially since the famous performance to celebrate the unification of Germany. It is the only musical work recognised by UNESCO as one of the great monuments of civilisation.

Beethoven’s youthful idealism finally triumphed after a lifetime of struggle and hardship. The music and its message is still as powerful today as when it received its premiere in 1824. The deaf composer was gently turned around by one of the soloists
to face the tumultuous reception.

Other information:
- A first-rate line up of soloists (Helena Döse, Marga Schiml, Peter Schreier and Theo Adam).
- Blomstedt is a distinguished Beethoven interpreter.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Op. 125 Mit Schlusschor über Schillers Ode An Die Freude: Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
  2. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Op. 125 Mit Schlusschor über Schillers Ode An Die Freude: Molto vivace
  3. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Op. 125 Mit Schlusschor über Schillers Ode An Die Freude: Adagio molto e cantabile
  4. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Op. 125 Mit Schlusschor über Schillers Ode An Die Freude: Presto