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Beethoven. Symphony no. 9 — Anima Eterna Brugge & Collegium Vocale Gent


  • 20.00 Concertzaal
  • 21.55 Expected end time
  • 19.15 Introduction by Pieter Bergé


Exactly 10 years after their touchstone recording of Beethoven's complete symphonies on period instruments, Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna zoom in on what many consider to be the cornerstone and showpiece of Beethoven’s orchestral oeuvre: his masterly Ninth. Completed in 1824, and blessed with even more monumental dimensions than its predecessors, this consummately crafted cathedral voices the birth of triumph from upheaval, and the journey of the soul from introspection to jubilation. Its legendarily tough score is brimming with technical challenges. With the addition of Schiller's Ode to Joy – this evening performed by a dream choir with ditto soloists - this work easily surpasses all boundaries. Prepare to be fully immersed: as an opener to this evening, born storyteller Pieter Bergé offers insight and explanation, all backed up by the necessary live musical examples.

Program and performers


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Beethoven Close-up: lecture-performance, with live musical examples
Symphony no. 9 in D minor, opus 125


Anima Eterna Brugge: orchestra
Collegium Vocale Gent: choir
Korneel Bernolet: conductor
Yeree Suh: soprano
Isabelle Rejall: mezzo-soprano
Markus Schäfer: tenor
Thomas Bauer: bass
Pieter Bergé: introduction