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13.09.2020 20:00 (CEST)

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Anne-Sophie Mutter & Daniel Barenboim – The Beethoven Celebration Berlin

This spectacular concert staged as part of the ongoing Beethoven 250 celebrations is opened by one of the most renowned and popular stars of classical music worldwide – violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. She performs Beethoven’s Romances for violin and orchestra, two works that anticipate the Romantic genre of the “song without words”.

These are followed by another Beethoven masterpiece, the Ninth Symphony. With its sense of conviction in an utopian future, the work has ensured the immortality of this visionary composer. As a choral symphony, it broke new ground and still resonates powerfully today. Beethoven’s music is a language in itself, a timeless creed which not only celebrates joy, friendship and love for our fellow men, but also expresses our hopes for a better world.

Pianist, conductor and cultural activist Daniel Barenboim has spent his life exploring Beethoven’s work and ways of thinking. In this performance of the Ninth he conducts the Staatsopernchor and Staatskapelle Berlin together with a top-flight quartet of soloists: Julia Kleiter (soprano), Waltraud Meier (alto), Andreas Schager (tenor) and René Pape (bass).

Ludwig van Beethoven

Egmont overture, Op. 84
Romance for violin and orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40
Romance for violin and orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Soprano: Julia Kleiter
Alt: Waltraud Meier
Tenor: Andreas Schager
Bass: René Pape


Performed and recorded at the Bebelplatz Berlin