Back on May 7, 1824, the Viennese audience was blown away with awe and excitement as they experienced Beethoven’s ninth and ultimate symphony. The score completely revolutionized the standards of the genre, not just in its sheer magnitude, but also in Beethoven’s inclusion of solo voices and a choir alongside the orchestra.

Beethoven believed that music could unleash change and revolution, and set the example himself. His Ninth Symphony unites his genius and his guiding worldview: the idea of human solidarity and universal brotherhood into one musical masterpiece.


Florent Caron Darras
Unité Lieu (world premiere) (commissioned by La Cité musicale-Metz)

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125

Léonie Renaud, soprano
Isabelle Druet, mezzo soprano
Uwe Sticker, tenor
Lars Moller, baritone

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Ode to Joy

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