Exclusive concert recordings with recently-deceased maestro Kurt Masur and the Dresden Philharmonic, as download or on-demand audio stream.
A work traditionally performed in Germany at New Year's, Beethoven's Ninth is an iconic piece famous for the choral finale with the "Ode to Joy" set to a poem by Friedrich Schiller.
A hymn to the brotherhood of man, it was a radical departure in the art of symphonic composition - and a work of significant personal relevance in the life and work of Kurt Masur. This performance concludes our series of Beethoven symphonies under his direction.
The Leipzig Six, including Masur (third from right), issued a call for nonviolence to both conflict parties during the demonstrations that led to regime change in East Germany
In this edition:
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, op. 125 with final chorus on Schiller's poem "Ode to Joy"
Birgit Remmert, mezzo-soprano
Pavol Breslik, tenor
Hanno Mueller-Brachmann, bass-baritone
Munich Philharmonic Chorus
Conductor: Kurt Masur
Recorded by DW in the Gasteig Philharmonic Hall in Munich on December 11, 2012.