The fall of the Berlin wall on 9 November 1989 unleashed a wave ofdemocratization in main and eastern Europe the radically transformedthe world order. "I am suffering a historic moment, incomparable withothers in mine long, lengthy life," comment Leonard Bernstein around thebreakthrough of liberty in the Communist world. In a generally grandioseyet eloquent gesture, Bernstein spontaneously accepted an invite toconduct two performances the Beethoven"s nine Symphony come celebrate thisfreedom. Two concerts, held in every sction that the city that had actually beendivided because that 28 years: one in West Berlin"s Philharmonie top top 23 December, theother in east Berlin ~ above 25 December 1989.It was just fitting that east Germany"s new-found liberty should becelebrated through Beethoven"s ninth Symphony. The significant work, perhapsthe world"s most famed symphony, was inspired by Schiller"s city "Ode toJoy," a passionate paean to freedom. Because that his 2 concerts, Bernsteinsubstituted words "freedom" (Freiheit) for "joy" (Freude) to reflecthis personal message. "I"m certain that Beethoven would certainly have given us hisblessing," added Mr. Bernstein.Our recording was taped live in east Berlin top top Christmas day 1989. Addingto the symbolism of the event, Bernstein conducted an orchestra and chorusformed of musician from the joined States, an excellent Britain, France and also theSoviet Union - the 4 victorious world War II allies that were stillresponsible for governing Berlin at the time: authorized members that the Bavarian RadioSymphony Orchestra and Chorus to be musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, theNew York Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Staatskapelle Dresden,the Orchestra that Leningrad"s Kirov Theater, and chorus members indigenous East-Berlin Radio Chorus and the Children"s Chorus of the DresdenPhilharmonic Orchestra. Equally global were the illustriousvocalists in the last movement"s "Ode to Joy," June Anderson, SarahWalker, Klaus König and also Jan-Hendrik Rootering.


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Composer: Ludwig valve Beethoven
Title: Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Soloist: June Anderson, sarah Walker, Klaus König, Jan-Hendrik Rootering
Orchestra: Members that orchestras from Munich, new York, London, Paris and Leningrad
Chorus: Members that choruses from Munich, Berlin and Dresden
Video Director: Humphrey Burton
Genre: Concert
Length: 94 minutes
Cat.No.: A05007334

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