West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – Daniel Barenboim conductor – Julia Kleiter soprano – Waltraud Meier mezzo – Eric Cutler tenor – René Pape bass – European Youth Choir – Simon Halsey choir leader
Symphony no. 9, op. 125 Ludwig van Beethoven
It would be inconceivable in Beethoven's jubilee year, a celebration of his 250th birthday, to omit the Ninth Symphony – possibly the most iconic work in Western music. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which unites musicians from Israel, Palestine, the Middle East and Spain, is the ideal interpreter to lend a voice to Schillers' words – Alle Menschen werden Brüder – in concert with the European Youth Choir. The piece is conducted by the already legendary Daniel Barenboim, founder of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and includes soloists of the highest calibre in artists such as Julia Kleiter, Waltraud Meier and René Pape.