Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
4.6 Release Date: 1824
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5.0 classicRiver Tam | January 28th 14

Highest rated album on Sputnik of all time in any genre. Couldn't pick a better one.

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5.0 classicghostface30612 | July 6th 07

This, the last of Beethoven's completed symphonies, was composed while Beethoven was deaf. This is no easy task in itself, but when you consider the images and emotions created by this music, hopefully you'll then start to consider Beethoven as one of the greatest musical minds of our history.
A sort of concept piece, Symphony No. 9 represents the struggles and conflicts found in our world and ultimately a triumph of peace and joy. While the German lyrics sung by the choir in the fourth and most famous movement aren't exactly "Joyful, joyful, we adore thee...", they are not only an adaption of Friedrich Schiller's poem about a call to embrace those around you in happiness but one of the first times in composed music where a choir's sung parts were just as powerful, important, and loud as the orchestra (a trend most commonly found in movie soundtracks today).
Although, it was met with mixed criticism when it debuted in 1824, it is now heralded as one of the greatest human accomplishments, the official anthem of the European Union, and can be recognized after only the playing of four notes (F# F# G A...).


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4.5 superbdonkey teeth | October 8th 13

i mean there really isn't even a question about this one is there

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4.5 superbZilla2112 | July 18th 12

Beethoven's 9th Symphony is often considered to be the greatest piece of music ever written, and it's probably true. Everything from the opening notes of the first movement to the glorious "Ode to Joy" section is brilliant.

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5.0 classicKlekticist | February 26th 10

Giving this piece any other rating simply wouldn't do it justice. This piece changed music. It's undeniable. I'd write a paragraph yammering about how amazing this piece is, but one listen is proof enough.

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0.0 Conor Mackie | March 18th 09

Beethoven's last symphony epitomizes his ability to compose work that evokes beauty, power and genius-and he was deaf when he made it, too. Excellent 4/5

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5.0 classicmkamrass | June 17th 14

No words can describe the genius of the this album. Such a masterpiece.

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4.5 superbNash J. CONTRIBUTOR | November 10th 13

"A Clockwork Orange," has given this symphony has a whole new meaning to me.

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4.0 excellentmcg182 | December 4th 12

Jack Black would be very disappointed in all of you who gave this a 5/5.

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0.0 Travis Montgomery | November 2nd 10

Kind of what I expect, but not exactly what I want. As most people know, Beethoven was deaf when he wrote this. That inability to hear forced Beethoven to resort to the mathematical and mechanical concepts that go on in the composition of a score. It a way this is brilliant, but at the same time I want a deeper experience when listening (to classical at least). I prefer the seasonal undertones and natural influences that seem to permeate the genre and I just hear a lot less in this than I hear in many contemporary works. Overall it works well as a mechanical masterpiece, but it just doesn't work well in invoking those deep emotions I expect when listening other works. So, I'll give it the highest 3.5 rating possible. 3.749/5

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