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A fine tradition at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden is to bring the year to an end with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, a musical work with a humanitarian message that remains relevant today.

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Staatsoper Unter den Linden © visitBerlin, Foto Diana Häner

Alongside this outstanding symphony is the »Chorfantasie op. 80«, which Beethoven wrote for his famous musical academy in December 1808 and seems like a preliminary study for his Ninth – if it were not for the long virtuoso piano section which defines the work over long sections before the choir joins with a catchy melody, similarly to what became the »Freudenhymne« years later.
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