APPLE MUSIC AND APPLE MUSIC CLASSICAL CELEBRATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF BEETHOVEN’S NINTH SYMPHONY, ‘THE CHORAL’

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Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has the legitimate claim to be the world’s most popular symphony, not least for its rousing choral finale the ‘Ode to Joy’ and its message of peace, humanity and togetherness.

The premiere of this monumental work was arranged and conducted by the then deaf composer and performed by the founding members of the Vienna Philharmonic at the city’s Kärntnertor Theater on the 7 May 1824. On this day 200 years later, the Vienna Philharmonic is bringing its performance of the symphony live from Vienna’s Musikverein, under the baton of Riccardo Muti, to audiences around the world via Apple Music and Apple Music Classical. 

The team intend to make the video and audio albums available shortly after the performance, with the video album exclusive on Apple Music and the audio album exclusive on Apple Music and Apple Music Classical. 

Daniel Froschauer, Chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic, said:                                                                                                                                       

“This is a very significant anniversary for our orchestra, with its roots that go back to the founding of the Vienna Philharmonic. We are excited to perform this special concert under the baton of our honorary member Riccardo Muti.”

Listeners can pre-add the audio album immediately here, along with a short introduction from Mr. Froschauer, and the music will automatically be added to their Apple Music and Apple Music Classical libraries as soon as it becomes available.

Apple Music Classical is the standalone app designed specifically for Classical. It has the largest streaming catalogue of Classical music available anywhere with over five million tracks. A team of musicologists worked for over seven years on the underlying metadata to enable 50 million data points for fully optimized search and browse capabilities. Over 120,000 works, 400,000 movements and over 20,000 composers are available in the highest audio quality, with thousands of albums in immersive Spatial Audio. There are over 5,800 recordings from the Vienna Philharmonic on the app with the earliest from 1929.

For this anniversary of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, listeners will be able to enhance their enjoyment of this landmark recording by exploring the hundreds of recordings of the symphony available on Apple Music Classical, a hand-picked selection of recommended great recordings of the Ninth from orchestras, conductors and singers from all over the world, as well as an editorial feature on “How Beethoven’s Ninth Changed Everything” a look at how influential the work has been in shaping the history of music and its impact on so many different genres. 

An honorary member of the Orchestra since 2011, the artistic collaboration between Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic began in 1971 and they have now given over 500 concerts together, including six New Year’s Concerts.

The Vienna Philharmonic are joined by star soloists Michael Spyres, tenor; Marianne Crebassa, mezzo; Julia Kleiter, soprano and Günther Groissböck, bass.

The recording is a production by ORF and Unitel in coproduction with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Musikverein.

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