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Ode to Freedom - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Official Concert of the Fall of the Berlin Wall 1989)

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Leonard Bernstein's historical concert in celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 has long become almost as legendary as the revolutionary moment that it celebrated. Recorded at the beautiful Schauspielhaus right on Gendarmenmarkt in the centre of Berlin on Christmas 1989, it has now become available on DVD, along with a short documentary film as bonus. The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 1989 unleashed a wave of democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe that radically transformed the world order and Leonard Bernstein spontaneously accepted an invitation to conduct a performance to mark this new era. It was only fitting that East Germany's new-found freedom should be celebrated with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The monumental work, perhaps the world's most famous Symphony, was inspired by Schiller's poem 'Ode to Joy', a passionate eulogy to freedom. Adding to the symbolism of the event, Bernstein conducted an orchestra and chorus formed from musicians from both East and West Germany (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden), as well as the United States (New York Philharmonic), Great Britain (London Symphony), France (Orchestre de Paris) and the Soviet Union (Orchestra of the Kirov Theater).

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Bernstein is a master theatricalist in his conducting; he sweats, grimaces, smiles, swoons, leaps, and crouches, his stick technique is at many points firm and decisive, at others floppy and vague. […]The experience of watching and listening to this performance will go some way to enable us all, German or non-German, to relive those truly momentous days. --Musicweb-international


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  • Actors: Leonard Bernstein, June Anderson, Sarah Walker, Klaus Konig, Jan-Hendrik Rootering
  • Directors: Humphrey Burton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, German, French
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Medici Arts / EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002JP9HJO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,300 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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