Ode to joy
Ludwig van Beethoveen
Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125 with a final chorus of Schiller's 'Ode to Joy'
Chosen in 1972 as the official hymn of the European Union, the melody « Ode to Joy » celebrates peace between nations and the human race. An impressive programme that embodies the entire volume of Beethoven’s work.
The Ninth Symphony adds to the history of the symphony thanks to it’s unusual length and the incorporation of a choir and four vocal soloists to sing Schiller’s poem. Beethoven innovates once again by creating a new musical form and at the same time issuing a tremendous call for hope for the world.
Poème symphonique, pour cent métronomes
Johann Sebastian Bach
Komm süsser Tod (orchestration by Leopold Stokowski)
Kindertotenlieder, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
Recorded on 21 January 2021 at Victoria Hall, Geneva