Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 | Daniel Barenboim & the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (complete symphony)

In Beethoven’s music the divine peaks are never reached inasmuch as Man is a god in it; but a god who suffers and rejoices all too humanly. Deprived of heavenly aspirations and intuitions, human tragedy is his divine condition. As the human assumes the proportions of the divine, the transcendent plays an extremely reduced role therein. A demiurgic music suppresses God because God amounts to its ultimate obstacle. A creator like Beethoven cannot believe in God except by analogy. The ecstasy of his own creation may arouse in him admiration for God, but in no way humility. The Creator can only feel diminished by creators. How many attributes did Beethoven not snatch from Him?

CIORAN, The Book of Illusions (1936)

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim performs Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Berlin Philharmonic. It’s supported by singers Angela Denoke, Waltraud Meier, Burkhard Fritz and René Pape. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is a very special ensemble: It is made up of young Israeli and Arab musicians and is campaigning for a peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which was founded in 1999, gives concerts all over the world. Proceeds from the concert in Berlin went to the Barenboim-Said Academy, which supports musical education programs.

The 9th Symphony in D minor op. 125 is the last finished symphony by the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The work was premiered in Vienna on May 7, 1824 in the presence of Beethoven, who was already completely deaf and was a complete success. The fourth movement is also known as “Ode to Joy” and is one of the most popular songs in the world. Since 1985, the main theme of the last movement has been the official European anthem.

I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso 00:00
II. Molto vivace 17:54
III. Adagio molto e cantábile 29:59
IV. Presto 47:10

Choir of the German State Opera Berlin
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim | CONDUCTOR
Angela Denoke | SOPRANO
Waltraud Meier | MEZZO SOPRANO
Burkhard Fritz | TENOR
René Pape | BASS

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