I've had a busy week. One opera, seven symphonies and one rugby international.
The highlight for me was two symphonies: The first half poetry of the All Blacks
in motion and Ludwig van Beethoven
's 5th Symphony
But the best of it, the absolute pinnacle of my week, was 'Ode to Joy' from the final movement of the Ninth Symphony
. Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
, accompanied by Auckland Choral
with Tiffany Speight
in soprano, Annely Peebo
in mezzo-soprano, Simon O'Neill
in tenor and Peter Coleman-Wright
in bass, and conducted by Pietari Inkinen
, the magnificence of this piece was perfectly conveyed.
Ludwig van didn't really do vocals. In fact no major composer did until after the Ninth. Then it became a thing.
Beethoven never heard this. He was almost completely deaf when he composed it and he was stone deaf when it was performed. Here it is for your listening pleasure, one which he never enjoyed.
There is magnificence in our world, and beauty within the human soul.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87qT5BOl2XU
-SRA. Auckland, vii/2014. (reposted.)