12. Beethoven: 9th Symphony
[…] On my couch sleeps a wine-soaked whore
who for the first time has heard Beethoven’s 9th
[...] just think, daddy, she said,
with your brains
you might be the first man
on the moon.
Excerpt from No Grounding In The Classics by Charles Bukowski
Beethoven started the whole Curse Of The Ninth-thing unknowingly, by being the first to kick the calendar after completing his Ninth. He was completely deaf when he wrote it, but Beethoven wasn’t the sort of man to be impressed by such futilities. His ode to freedom, equality and brotherhood would become one of the best-known and best-loved symphonies of all time.
Leonard Bernstein & a shitload of all-stars from various orchestras
Furtwängler’s legendary recording of the Ninth is as wild as they come. Vinyl versions of this album still exchange hands for hundreds of Euro’s. But one recording truly stands out.
Late ’89, public prodigy no.1 Leonard Bernstein hastily put together an all star orchestra to perform Beethoven’s Ninth on the remains of the Berlin wall. Blasting the sound of “All Men Will Be Brothers” loud and relevant as fuck through the streets and front doors of a confused city and nation. Good man.