Saturday, May 26, 2018

Bernstein, The Berlin Celebration Concert and Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 (1989)


Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 at the Schauspielhaus, right on Gendarmenmarkt in the centre of Berlin, with Freiheit (Freedom) replacing Freude (Joy), the choir  singing “Ode to Freedom,” to celebrate the Fall of the Berlin Wall during  this Christmas concert of 1989. The New York Times writes: “Leonard Bernstein transformed a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony today into an appeal for brotherhood as West and East Berliners mingled freely for the first Christmas in 28 years. ‘I am experiencing a historical moment, incomparable with others in my long, long life,' the American conductor said during the nationally televised performance on Monday.” In keeping with this sentiment, this concert was performed by an orchestra and chorus coming from many nations: the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; the Chorus of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; members of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden; the Philharmonischer Kinderchor Dresden; members of the Orchestra of the Kirov Theatre; members of the London Symphony Orchestra; members of the New York Philharmonic; and members of the Orchestre de Paris. The soloists are June Anderson (soprano); Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano), Klaus König (tenor), and Jan-Hendrik Rootering (bass). Alle Menschen werden Bruder (“All Men Will Be Brothers”)For more, go [here] and [here] and [here].
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