As his symphonic output unfolded, Beethoven's orchestration achieved ever greater plenitude, so that each of the earlier symphonies became a necessary step towards the Ninth, which culminates with the human voice. The inclusion of a choral movement was a symphonic revolution and Beethoven chose the words of the Ode to Joy, which convey Friederich Schiller's idealistic vision of brotherhood among peoples, a veritable hymn to freedom.
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Symphony No 9, in D minor, op. 125
Daniela Köhler, soprano
Simone Schröder, mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Jacques Imbrailo, baritone
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Cor de la Polifònica de Puig-Reig
1 h 15 min.