Beethoven, Symphony No.9 in D minor, op.125

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.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Beethoven, Symphony No.9 in D minor, op.125
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Soloist: Agnes Baltsa, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, José van Dam, René Kollo
Orchestra: Berliner Philharm. Orchester
Chorus: Deutsche Oper Berlin
Video Director: Humphrey Burton
Genre: Concert
Length: 70 minutes
Cat.No.: A05001938
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