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April 7, 2011 / GG54

Beethoven Symphony No. 9: Alle Menschen werden Brüder

“This music speaks a universality of thought, of human brotherhood, freedom and love. This music conveys a spirit of sublimity, in the freest and least doctrinaire way. It has a purity and directness of communication which never becomes banal. It’s accessible without being ordinary. This is the magic that no amount of talk can explain. Perhaps, there was in Beethoven, a child inside that never grew up. Until the end of his life remained a creature of grace, innocence and trust, even in his moments of greatest despair. That innocent spirit speaks to us of hope, future and immortality. This is why we love his music now more than ever before.

In this time of world agony, hopelessness and helplessness, we love and need his music. As despairing as we may be, we cannot listen to this ninth symphony without emerging from it enriched and encouraged.” (Leonard Bernstein)

There couldn’t be a better time to listen to a complete performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. It’s been a tragic year at Queen’s University and the optimism and hope contained in this music has never been more relevant. This week’s program has a complete, uninterrupted performance from Daniel Barenboim and the Berliner Staatskapelle of Beethoven Symphony No. 9. But first, Kerry Candaele, producer of Following the Ninth, a documentary about Beethoven’s Ninth joins me to contextualize the piece.

Here’s a taste of the interview:

Interview: Kerry Candaele


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