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Royal Albert Hall

Friday 27 July 2012  6.30pm – c7.55pm

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 9 in D minor, ‘Choral’ (77 mins)

    • Anna Samuil soprano
    • Waltraud Meier mezzo-soprano
    • René Pape bass
    • National Youth Choir of Great Britain
    • West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
    • Daniel Barenboim conductor

About this event

Daniel Barenboim’s Beethoven cycle reaches its climax with a youthful take on the traditional annual Proms performance of the Ninth, perhaps the richest, most provocative statement in Western art music.

An impressive team of soloists joins the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra to project the finale’s inclusive vision of hope, reconciliation and hard-won triumph. What better to mark today’s opening of the London 2012 Olympics than Beethoven’s ultimate hymn to universal brotherhood?