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Emmanuel Krivine and La Chambre Philharmonique perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
The Complete Beethoven Symphonies

Wagner saw in Beethoven's Ninth and last symphony the "redemption of music" and proclaimed it "the human gospel of art to come". It harbored all the elements that serve to embody Wagner's total art: the instruments reached out to the magic of the "poetic verb" (Schiller's Ode to Joy) and the art of sounds united with that of words.

There are indeed different ways of listening to Beethoven as something that can be grandiose or grandiloquent. However all of Beethoven's symphonies seem to have created visonary images and heroic impressions in those that heard them.

The complete Beethoven symphonies on period instruments, performed by the Chambre Philharmonique and conducted by Emmanuel Krivine was available live and is now available on delayed streaming on and on

In the press:

« What a refreshing, bold reading. »
Anna Picard, The independant, March 2010

« Krivine's performance is poetic and flowing, its unforced orchestral blending perhaps partly attributable to the use of original instruments but more strongly to the conductor's skill. »
Mark J. Estren, The Washington Post, April 2010

« Krivine’s recording [of the Ninth Symphony] is a breakthrough. », May 2010

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Broadcast date : April 17, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Movie director : Isabelle Soulard
Musical form : Symphony

Location : Cité de la musique (Paris, France)
Recording date : 17/04/2011
Production date : 2011
Production : © Cité de la musique / La Chambre Philharmonique