A European Prelude

  
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What is a better start for a blog than music…? 

And what is a better piece of music for a European blog to start with than Beethoven’s 9th…?

In June last year the Berliner Philharmoniker performed Beethoven ninth symphony in the Teatro Real in Madrid. “The orchestra was also granted a special honour: Queen Sophia of Spain attended one of the concerts and afterwards welcomed the musicians and their chief conductor. The concerts themselves were not only a musical, but also a European event: A German orchestra with a British conductor in Spain, in addition to a multinational ensemble of soloists with the soprano Camilla Tilling (Sweden), contralto Nathalie Stutzmann (France), bass Dimitry Ivashchenko (Russia) and an overseas guest, the Canadian tenor Joseph Kaiser.” 

If you do have access to the Digital Concert Hall and their wonderful archive, you can listen to it here

If not, you might enjoy the New Year’s eve performance by the Leipziger Gewandhausorchester under the baton of Riccardo Chailly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-suf9BL9xRA