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BEETHOVEN'S 9th SYMPHONY - THE GREATEST ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT IN THE HISTORY OF MAN - 2001 - VOB

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Published on May 2, 2011

ALSO KNOWN AS THE "ODE TO JOY" - THIS IS THE COMPLETE 4th MOVEMENT OF BEETHOVEN'S GREAT CHORAL SYMPHONY - WITH THE SINGERS GERMAN WORDS, (BY FRIEDRICH SCHILLER) ON SCREEN IN ENGLISH.

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THIS IS THE COMPOSER'S 9th AND FINAL ATTEMPT TO WHIP THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INTO A FRENZY, AND HE MORE THAN SUCCEEDED, AS YOU CAN SEE AND HEAR BY THE END OF IT - LISTEN ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF IT NOW - DON'T GIVE UP ON IT TOO SOON CAUSE YOU ARE NOT USE TO THESE KINDS OF SOUNDS - BY THE THIRD TIME HEARING THIS, YOU SHOULD BE STARTING TO BE OBSESSED WITH IT - AND GIVE THIS GUY A BREAK AND LISTEN TO HIS STUFF, CAUSE HE DID ALL THIS COMPOSING IN HIS HEAD, SINCE HE WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY DEAF BY THIS POINT IN HIS CAREER.

THIS IS, OF COURSE, PROBABLY THE MOST FAMOUS CLASSICAL PIECE EVER WRITTEN - AND IN MY OPINION THIS IS THE MOST STAGGERING ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT IN THE HISTORY OF MAN, AND THIS IS THE BEST PERFORMANCE OF THIS PIECE I'VE EVER SEEN AND HEARD - EXCEPT FOR THE BIG TROMBONE SOLO WHERE THEY WERE WAY OFF PITCH - OTHER THAN THAT, IT WAS ALMOST PERFECT.

I COULDN'T FIND THE DVD TO BUY, WHEN I LOOKED FOR IT EXTENSIVELY - AND THIS VERSION IS TOO GOOD TO BE A TOTAL LOSS TO THE WORLD - THOUGH I DON'T THINK THEY CAN SELL THIS RECORDING BECAUSE OF THE GLARING MISTAKE.... AND EVEN THOUGH THE TROMBONES RUINED THE RECORDING, THE CONDUCTOR (LEONARD SLATKIN) MANAGED TO PULL A LOT OF FIERCE MOMENTUM OUT OF THOSE OLD WOODEN BOXES, BY ITS VERY COLOSSAL ENDING.

THE TIMPANI PLAYER SHOULD HAVE GOT A GRAMMY FOR THIS, HE HAD PERFECT INTENSITY, AND RHYTHM, AND TECHNIQUE, AND WAS JUST THE RIGHT ENGINEER TO DRIVE THAT TRAIN PASSIONATELY INTO EVERY NEXT PHRASE, BRAVO !!! WITHOUT THIS EXTRAORDINARY MUSICIAN, THIS PIECE COULD HAVE NEVER ARRIVED AT THIS PLACE OF NEAR PERFECTION, BEYOND ALL OTHERS, BRAVO AGAIN !!!

LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS IN ENGLAND, AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, 2001 - (JUST AFTER 9/11).

LAST MOVEMENT OF THE PIECE ONLY.

THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE GERMAN WILL COME ON THE SCREEN WHEN THE SINGERS FINALLY START TO SING.

THIS AIRED FOR FREE ON PUBLIC TV.

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FROM WIKI, ABOUT SCHILLER....(Ludwig van Beethoven said that a great poem is more difficult to set to music than a merely good one because the composer must rise higher than the poet -- "who can do that in the case of Schiller? In this respect Goethe is much easier," wrote Beethoven.

There are relatively few famous musical settings of Schiller's poems. Two notable exceptions are Beethoven's setting of "An die Freude" (Ode to Joy) in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony, and Johannes Brahms' choral setting of "Nänie").

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UPDATE 5-5-12 : THE MIRACLE OF DVD

TO THINK, ALL THIS MUSIC SAT IN A DUSTY OLD BOX BURIED AWAY FOR ALMOST A DECADE ON SOME TINY LITTLE DVD, THIS IS A PERFECT TIME CAPSULE TO ONE OF THE MOST EPIC MOMENTS OF MANKIND, THE BEST RECORDING OF THE GREATEST WORK OF ART OF ALL TIME - IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I EVER RECORDED STRAIGHT TO DVD FROM PBS, BACK IN 2001 WHEN DVD RECORDERS FIRST CAME OUT - AND THEN IT SAT DORMANT IN A BOX FOR ALL THOSE YEARS WAITING FOR YOU TUBE AND THIS MOMENT WHEN IT NOW INSPIRES THOUSANDS AND I BET MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE LONG RUN !!! HOWEVER, I'M PROBABLY THE BEST CUSTOMER FOR MY OWN VIDEO CAUSE I "HAVE TO" COME HERE AND LISTEN TO THIS 2 OR 3 TIMES A WEEK NOW FOR INSPIRATION FOR MY SOUL !!! I STILL HAVE YET TO HEAR AND SEE A RECORDING OF THIS THAT COMES CLOSE TO BEING AS GOOD, OR AS PERFECT !!!!!!!

THANK YOU LUDWIG & LEONARD FOR THIS KISS FROM GOD !!!!!!!!

FOR SURELY THERE IS STILL A LOVING FATHER, WHO EVEN NOW, STILL KISSES US, (THROUGH BEETHOVEN) FROM BEYOND THE CANOPY OF STARS.....

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11-16-12 --- I HAVE MY FAVORITES, FOR EXAMPLE, NO ONE HAS EVEN COME CLOSE TO THE DISTANCE THAT LISZT THREW HIS SPEAR INTO THE UNKNOWN (FOR PIANO) - THOSE THAT DISAGREE, I FIND, DON'T KNOW LISZT, AND HOW PROLIFIC HE WAS, (EVEN MOST PIANO PLAYERS DON'T KNOW MUCH LISZT) - AND CERTAINLY ONLY THE MUSICAL ILLITERATE WOULD ARGUE AGAINST TCHAIKOVSKY BEING THE GREATEST MELODY WRITER OF ALL TIME, AND HE OBVIOUSLY EXCELLED IN MANY MORE CATEGORIES THAT BEETHOVEN DIDN'T EVEN ATTEMPT ..... FOR EXAMPLE, TCHAIKOVSKY BEING THE UNDISPUTED KING OF THE BALLET WORLD ...... OR IN WHICH BEETHOVEN HAD A MUCH SMALLER OUTPUT, LIKE OPERA .....TCHAIKOVSKY WROTE MORE COMPLETE OPERAS THAN ALL 9 OF BEETHOVEN'S SYMPHONIES, WHEREAS BEETHOVEN ONLY WROTE ONE OPERA ..... AND WHO COULD DENY THAT CHOPIN, SCHUBERT, AND MOZART ARE THE MOST TALENTED MUSICIANS IN HISTORY, BUT ALL DIED TOO YOUNG - HOWEVER, THERE HAVE BEEN RARE TIMES IN HISTORY WHERE AN ARTIST GOES ABSOLUTELY SUPER-NOVA, (LIKE MOZART, TOWARDS THE END), AND HERE IS THE BEST EXAMPLE, IN LOOKING AT ALL CATEGORIES OF THE ENTIRE ART WORLD AS ONE ENTITY, IN ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY, THIS IS THE SINGLE EFFORT THAT LANDS BEETHOVEN WITH THE TITLE OF "THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN ALL HISTORY, OF THE ARTISTIC WORLD" --- NOW THAT'S A BOLD STATEMENT.... AND WHO COULD DARE TO PUT FORTH A WORTHY CHALLENGER....

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