Introducing Beethoven Symphony No. 9

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Introducing Beethoven Symphony No. 9



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28th March 2011




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Introducing Beethoven Symphony No. 9


Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Recorded live at the Philharmonie Berlin, 2000

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Host: Wulf Konold

A new way of experiencing and enjoying the great works of music from the Baroque to the Modern Period – thanks to a new educational series of audio-visual concert guides, Introducing Masterpieces of Classical Music. Each release includes extensive documentation and a complete performance of the work or works in question.

Famous masterpieces from the standard repertoire of the greatest international orchestras are brought closer to the viewer through first class concert broadcasts (Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gewandhaus Orchester…) in a timely visual style.

Includes 26 mins introductory feature + full concert performance of the masterpiece!

Ludwig van Beethoven’s ninth and last symphony is considered one of the highlights of symphonic music. Through using the human voice, Beethoven questions the effect of purely instrumental music, and he exerted a sustained influence on all generations of composers after him. The German Beethoven expert Wulf Konold explains the central characteristics of this exciting masterpiece.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 26 mins (documentary) + 69 mins (performance)

FSK: 0

BBC Music Magazine

June 2011


“An exceptionally good introduction to the Choral Symphony, succinctly providing insight into the music and a sense of how it confounded the expectations of Beethoven's contemporaries.”

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