“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

Philharmonia Orchestra – 2018 Commercial Recording – Booklet

 

 

In this beautifully prepared CD booklet you will find crucial information about Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9. There is an essay by the distinguished writer Michael Steinberg, the complete text from the fourth movement translated in English, biographies of Benjamin Zander, the vocal soloists, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, the Chorus Master Stefan Bevier, and a crucial photograph outlining Beethoven’s clear indications of tempos.

Click here, or on the image, to see a copy of the CD booklet.

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

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

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra - 1992 Commercial Recording

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

Insights into Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

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