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Video on demand: Bernard Haitink conducts Beethoven

Watch online on www.br-klassik.deBavarian Radio SymphonyRecorded at Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich, Germany
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Bernard Haitink is again a guest with the choir and symphony orchestra of the Bavarian Radio with a pure Beethoven program: Beethoven's 9th symphony and "Meeres Stille und Glückfahrt". For health reasons, Haitink receives support from his assistant Nuno Coelho.

Shortly after his 90th birthday, the Dutch Grand Seigneur Bernard Haitink made guest appearances with the choir and symphony orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, to which he has been friends for over sixty years. Bernard Haitink did not conduct the entire concert with works by Ludwig van Beethoven as originally planned, but Nuno Coelho took over the first part of the program. Haitink spared himself because he had an infection the week before the concert. He directed the choir and orchestra at Beethoven's Ninth in the second part of the program.

The main work is the all-encompassing Ninth Symphony, which revolutionized the symphonic with its revolutionary choral finale. Beethoven's symphonic journey leads through deep valleys and gloomy regions, before the hymns of Schiller's "Ode to Joy" break out in the end. Haitink conclusively places Beethoven's ninth chorus ode "Sea Silence and Happy Voyage" conclusively. The two sound pictures based on Goethe's poems vividly illustrate the calm that turns into a menacing "dead calm" for the skipper and the liberating change in the weather, which promises a successful landing.

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