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Symphony No. 9 - Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 - Beethoven

Fri, 20 Oct


Nijmegen, Concertgebouw De Vereeniging

Symphony No. 9 - Beethoven

Cappella Amsterdam with Phion conducted by Marc Soustrot

Time & Location

20 Oct 2023, 20:15

Nijmegen, Concertgebouw De Vereeniging, Keizer Karelplein 2D, 6511 NC Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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Explanation Beethoven's Ninth

Beethoven's last symphony is undoubtedly his most impressive. In three parts he lets you enjoy orchestral drama and the pathos that characterizes Beethoven in his later oeuvre. But an orchestra alone is not enough for the final. The human voice must be used to bring forth the truly unspeakable joy. With Schillers Ode an die Freude Beethoven, with soloists and a large choir, paints a wonderful future picture of a twinned humanity, which was also in his days far away. The melody he uses for this is simply genius in its simplicity and anyone, whether he knows Beethoven or not, can sing along with the notes.

For such a powerful work you need a conductor who has Beethoven in his DNA. Then you quickly end up with Marc Soustrot, who was chief conductor of the Beethoven Orchester in Bonn for many years. He knows better than anyone the details and finesses of Beethoven's symphonic apotheosis. For the solo parts, Phion has access to Cappella Amsterdam and a vocal quartet of great class. And with this last grandiose symphony they all bring the Beethoven Festival to a glorious close.


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