Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker BBC Proms


Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle leads the Berliner Philharmoniker in this concert featuring Schoenberg's Variations for Orchestra and Beethoven's Symphony No 9.


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MUSIC: "Ode To Joy" by Beethoven

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The Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven

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is the most ambitious of his great revolutionary works.

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There are few symphonies in the history of classical music

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that reach out over the centuries

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with such memorable and universal appeal.

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With each successive symphony,

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Beethoven broke the mould that he had created,

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and with the Ninth, his last,

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he wrote a work of well over an hour in duration,

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using chorus and soloists in the final movement,

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which is the setting of Schiller's Ode To Joy,

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and evokes universal human brotherhood.

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In this classic recording from the 2004 BBC Proms, Sir Simon Rattle

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brought the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra to London

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and united them with the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

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and four world-class soloists.

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This performance took place

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just two years after Rattle took up his role as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic,

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and it's fascinating to hear them perform this great work -

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the summit of symphonic repertoire.

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It's the peak.

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There are other symphonies which are more...which are more perfect...

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where there's not so many edges.

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Part of the glory of the Ninth

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is that this was a man who had written

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eight great symphonies already

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and had had an enormous emotional, psychological, physical crisis

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in between the Eighth Symphony and this.

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And so it's someone looking at the world in a very different way,

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in a much more cosmic way,

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and in a way where simply the idea

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that there are edges and grotesqueries and uglinesses

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simply doesn't matter.

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Then he'd really release the reins.

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So here is Simon Rattle from his 2004 Proms performance to conduct

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Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

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MUSIC STARTS

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC STARTS

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MURMURING

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MUSIC RESTARTS DRAMATICALLY

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HE SINGS IN GERMAN

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THEY SING IN GERMAN

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THEY ALL SING IN GERMAN

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THEY ALL SING IN GERMAN

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HE SINGS IN GERMAN

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THEY ALL SING IN GERMAN

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THEY ALL SING IN GERMAN

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THEY SING IN GERMAN

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THEY SING IN GERMAN

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THEY ALL SING IN GERMAN

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THEY SING IN GERMAN

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THEY SING IN GERMAN

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THEY ALL SING IN GERMAN

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THEY SING IN GERMAN

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THEY ALL SING IN GERMAN

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THEY SING IN GERMAN

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THEY ALL SING IN GERMAN

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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The Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven

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in this classic performance from 2004.

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The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Sir Simon Rattle

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with the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,

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and the soloists were Christiane Oelze, soprano,

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Birgit Remmert, mezzo-soprano,

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Timothy Robinson, tenor,

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and John Relyea, bass.

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APPLAUSE CONTINUES

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Simon Rattle leads the Berliner Philharmoniker and the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus in this concert featuring Arnold Schoenberg's Variations for Orchestra followed by Beethoven's Symphony No 9 (Choral), with soloists Christiane Oelze (soprano), Birgit Remmert (mezzo), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) and John Relyea (bass). Presented by Tommy Pearson.


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