July 03, 2018
Concert Archive

Beethoven: Symphony no.9 conducted by Myung-whun Chung

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    Beethoven: Symphony no.9 conducted by Myung-whun Chung
Théâtre Antique, Orange

Myung-whun Chung conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Radio France Choir performing the Symphony no.9 in d minor by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Concert performed on 16 July 2017 live at the Théâtre antique in Orange.

Performed on 16 July 2017 live at the Théâtre antique in Orange during the Chorégies festival: Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Radio France choir, alongside the soprano Ricarda Merbeth, mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch, tenor Robert Dean Smith, and the bass baritone Samuel Youn, performing Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony no.9 in d minor.

The ninth symphony "with a final chorus drawn from Schiller's Ode to Joy" is perhaps the most famous of Beethoven's symphonies, so much so that its final chorus, internationally performed and renowned, would later become the European anthem. The composer was inspired in 1793 by the poem by Friedrich von Schiller (An die Freude, 1785), only several years after the poem's creation. However, it was only on 7 May 1824 that the symphony was heard for the first time. 

More than ten years separate the eighth and ninth symphonies, ten years of research, reflection, and even the composition of other works that nonetheless contributed to the grand work, including the Missa Solemnis (1823). The result is no mystery: highly acclaimed, the Symphony no.9 established its place in musical history, influencing countless composers including Richard Wagner in which he perceived "the last of all symphonies" and Debussy, who claimed that following the work "the proof of the uselessness of the symphony has been shown".

Beethoven: Symphony no.9 conducted by Myung-whun Chung