Recorded live at the Berlin "Philharmonie" on New Year's Eve 1977, this
rousing interpretation of Beethoven's most popular symphony with the Berlin
Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan weaves a rich tapestry of emotional
contrasts. The Ninth is an affirmation of optimism and beauty, written when
Beethoven was almost completely deaf. The final movement is considered by
many to be the composer's crowning glory. It had been Beethoven's lifelong
dream to set Schiller's "Ode to Joy" to music, for the poem put into words
Beethoven's most impassioned desire: peace and brotherhood in the world.
Giving eloquent voice to this plea are the world-renowned soloists Anna
Tomowa-Sintow, Agnes Baltsa, René Kollo and José van Dam.