Herbert von Karajan - Beethoven: Symphony No.9
1 Mar 2008
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Other participants: Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Agnes Baltsa, René Kollo, José Van Dam, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
Born in Salzburg on 5 April 1908, Herbert von Karajan was one of the most widely respected performing musicians appearing in the past century. He influenced fellow musicians and public taste for generations through his live appearances and recordings, especially in the role of Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, which he led for more than 30 years, moulding the orchestra into an ensemble of peerless power, tonal beauty and stylistic flexibility.
The Ninth is an affirmation of optimism and beauty, written when Beethoven was almost completely deaf and 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 expressed the fulfilment of Beethoven's most passionate 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.
This concert recording on DVD has all the elements that audiences came to expect from Karajan – strong, elegant conducting and a truly moving musical event.