“I realized that my job is to awaken possibility in others.”

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9

"This account of the work heaps revelation on revelation" - The Sunday Times

Introduction

Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 is one of the world’s most influential pieces of music. This Collection explores the lifetime journey Benjamin Zander has taken with this piece. His ultimate vision for the piece was realized in his 2018 recording with the London Philharmonia Orchestra, which is available here alongside interviews, essays, photos, and Zander’s other recordings of this monumental work.

Commercial Recording

Beethoven - Symphony no. 9

“The performance is sure to be provocative. Not for its own sake, but out of an impassioned commitment to seeking understanding from the score itself.”

— Benjamin Zander

London Philharmonia Orchestra - 2018 Commercial Recording

Recorded with one of the world’s greatest orchestras, this recording realises Benjamin Zander’s ultimate vision for this masterpiece
These two pages from Beethoven’s Conversation Books show the interaction between Beethoven and his nephew Karl on 27 September 1826. All the metronome marks are listed correctly. Beethoven began alone for the first two movements. The writing after that is by Karl, who was called upon to assist with the remaining movements. The difference in their writing from the fourth line on is clearly visible.
These two pages from Beethoven’s Conversation Books show the interaction between Beethoven and his nephew Karl on 27 September 1826. All the metronome marks are listed correctly. Beethoven began alone for the first two movements. The writing after that is by Karl, who was called upon to assist with the remaining movements. The difference in their writing from the fourth line on is clearly visible.

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra - 1992 Commercial Recording

Benjamin Zander’s first studio recording of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9

The Recording Sessions - Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9

"A breathtaking new recording under Benjamin Zander's inspired intellectual guidance that needs to be studied carefully by every conductor, musician and singer in the world, professional and amateur alike who loves this masterpiece."

— Dan Kepl

Insights into Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Reviews from Ben's 1983 performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony