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