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Beethoven's Ninth

Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony may be the most popular piece of classical music in the world.

This documentary showcases current interpretations and introduces passionate personalities who bring us closer to Beethoven and his work.

Composer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev

Gabriel Prokofiev

Among the protagonists featured in the seven stories that make up this film are Chinese composer and Oscar prize-winner Tan Dun, English composer Gabriel Prokofiev, and the Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis. He has no doubt about the significance of this symphony: "If somebody from another planet asks, "What is human civilization?” what can you say? It's better to play the 9th Symphony. It is evidence of human civilization.”

In 1817 the Royal Philharmonic Society in London commissioned Beethoven to compose his Ninth Symphony. Almost two centuries later, the same organization commissioned Chinese composer Tan Dun to write a choral work, "Nine,” inspired by Beethoven's Ninth. The documentary follows Tan Dun as his composition evolves. It also traces different renditions of the symphony around the globe.

Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis

Teodor Currentzis

Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis and his Russian orchestra MusicAeterna shake up the Salzburg Festival with an uncompromising interpretation. In the Congolese capital Kinshasa, the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste approaches the work under difficult conditions. Meanwhile, in Osaka in Japan rehearsals are underway for a performance of the Ninth with a chorus of 10,000 amateur singers conducted by Yutaka Sado.

In Barcelona, Spain hearing-impaired young people feel their way to Beethoven’s work together with deaf musicologist Paul Whittaker and members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In a poor neighborhood of Sao Paolo in Brazil, the youth orchestra Sinfonica Heliópolis prepares to perform the Ninth. A different approach to Beethoven’s work is taken by composer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev in his "Beethoven 9 Symphonic Remix" which he presented at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Germany. 
 

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