The Other Ninth
 

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Sun 26.4.2009, 6 p.m., 2009-4-26T18:00 Beethovenhalle

The Other Ninth

Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim (Conductor)

Gustav Mahler:
Symphony No. 9 in D major

The Other Ninth

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was a milestone. Few succeeding composers managed to penetrate the glass ceiling of nine symphonies – not even Mahler, whose Tenth Symphony remained a fragment. His Ninth was composed in 1908/09, when Mahler himself was regularly conducting Beethoven’s final symphony all over the world. It is seen as the consummation of the Romantic movement and as a bridge to the modern age. Daniel Barenboim, a specialist in the late-Romantic repertoire, and the venerable Staatskapelle Berlin are performing this culmination of Mahler’s symphonic œuvre in the city of Beethoven’s birth, a German exclusive, precisely one hundred years after its composition.

Daniel Barenboim © Monika Rittershaus

Daniel Barenboim © Monika Rittershaus

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