Beethoven believed that music could unleash change and revolution, and set the example himself. His Ninth Symphony unites his genius and his guiding worldview: the idea of human solidarity and universal brotherhood into one musical masterpiece.

In 2016, Magnus Lindberg was given the honour – or challenge! – of composing a new work for the opening for the Ninth. “If I had to choose one composer, it would be Beethoven. He is still the ultimate example of what it means to be a contemporary composer.”


Magnus Lindberg • Two Episodes (2016)
Ludwig van Beethoven • Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125
concert without intermission
download: text & translation 'Ode to Joy'
19:30 Meet The Artist: Stéphane Denève (ENG)
19:30 Music Talk: Hendrik Vos (NL)
19:30 Plus Talk: Els Hertogen, 11.11.11 (NL)



Stéphane Denève


Stéphane Denève is the music director of the Brussels Philharmonic. This top French conductor designs his programmes combining 21st century music with the great classics, thereby opening up a dialogue between the repertoire of the past and that of the future.

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Menna Cazel, soprano

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Annika Schlicht, alto

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Bernhard Berchtold, tenor

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Brian Mulligan, bass

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