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Presented by Martin Handley. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Ilan Volkov performs Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Presented by Martin Handley

Beethoven's magnificent 9th Symphony is a work of full of hope and faith in mankind, and it still has the power to move audiences today. Schiller's poem 'Ode to Joy' was an inspiration to Beethoven from his early years, and its inclusion as the culmination of the symphony is a stroke of genius.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, continuing its complete run of Beethoven symphonies, welcomes young Israeli-born conductor Ilan Volkov to conduct this gargantuan work.

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'

Rebecca Evans (soprano)
Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano)
Timothy Robinson (tenor)
Christopher Purves (bass)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Philharmonia Chorus
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Followed by performances from past BBC Young Musician winners, in anticipation of this year's competition broadcasts, which begin on BBC Four television this Friday. Including:
Elgar: Violin Sonata
Jennifer Pike (violin)
Tom Poster (piano).

2 hours, 15 minutes

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Wed 14 Apr 2010 19:00