Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - 1000 Years of Classical Music, Vol. 30 (CD)

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Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, David Porcelijn

‘All people become brothers.’

Beethoven’s epic final symphony, a vision for music – and for humanity.

Beethoven, by this time almost entirely deaf, conducted the premiere performance of his Choral Symphony in 1824. At the time of its premiere it was the longest symphony ever written, and also the first symphony to include a choir and vocal soloists. The last movement of this symphony is also unusual because it revists the themes of the other three movements. Usually a ‘movement’ is a self-contained section of a larger work, each with its own melodies and mood, but Beethoven here deliberately brings the whole symphony together into a single musical event.

Beethoven also changed the whole shape of the symphony. The usual pattern, in symphonies by Haydn and Mozart, for example, was to have the first movement as the ‘weightiest’ one; the last movement generally had more of a bright and breezy, happy ending feel. In his Ninth Symphony, though, the final movement is the longest of the four, and is full of drama and emotion in its own right; rather than being ‘just’ an ending, it is the spiritual heart of the whole symphony.

This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. Click here to view other titles in this series on our website.

More information can be found at the project’s website 1000 Years of Classical Music.

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Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ‘Choral’

I. Allegro ma non troppo e un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace – Presto
III. Adagio molto e cantabile – Andante moderato
IV. Finale [Ode to Joy]

Sharon Prero / Elizabeth Campbell / Keith Lewis / Bruce Martin

Opera Australia Chorus & Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra 
David Porcelijn

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