How Beethoven’s ‘mistake’ became one of our most famous tunes

Scott Davie, University of Sydney In our series Decoding the music masterpieces, music experts explain key works of classical music. Without question, the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony contains one of the most famous tunes ever written. Since its first performance in 1824, the “Ode to Joy” has been repurposed in endless ways, both […]

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Radio Kamer Filharmonie and Groot Omroepkoor)

Conducted by the Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair, Radio Kamer Filharmonie (Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic) and Groot Omroepkoor (Netherlands Radio Choir) perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (also known as “the Choral”). Completed in 1824, the symphony is one of the best-known works of the repertoire of classical […]

Beethoven – Complete Symphonies (hr-Sinfonieorchester, MDR Rundfunkchor, Orozco-Estrada)

Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s all nine symphonies. In the 9th Symphony, MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig sing the chorus part. Published by the hr-Sinfonieorchester channel.

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 “Choral” (NBC Symphony Orchestra, Toscanini – April 3, 1948)

Conducted by the legendary Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini, the NBC Symphony Orchestra and the Members of the Collegiate Chorale (currently MasterVoices) perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (also known as “the Choral”). It is Beethoven’s final complete symphony. Completed in 1824, it is one of the best-known works in […]

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Riccardo Muti)

On May 7, 1824, Beethoven shared his 9th Symphony, the “Choral” with the world even though he could never hear it. On May 7, 2015 celebrate the anniversary of Beethoven’s most glorious and jubilant masterpiece with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Riccardo Muti, a prolific recording artist who has received dozens of […]

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 “Choral”, Wilhelm Furtwängler, 1951 Bayreuth Festival

A legendary recording of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125, “Choral”: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler who widely considered to be one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of the 20th century. Recorded live on July 29. 1951 at the Bayreuth Festival. Sami Habra, a British specialist […]

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Leonard Bernstein)

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125: Leonard Bernstein conducts Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra).

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral” (Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Claudio Abbado)

Conducted by Claudio Abbado, one of the most celebrated and respected conductors of the 20th century, the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) with Swedish Radio Choir and Eric Ericson Chamber Choir performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, also known as the “Choral”, the final symphony of the German composer. […]

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Barenboim)

Conducted by Daniel Barenboim, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a youth orchestra based in Seville, Spain, plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125, also known as the “Choral”. Choir: National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Recorded during the BBC Proms 2012.

Beethoven – Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125 (Conductor: Christian Thielemann)

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125 – Vienna Singverein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.