Joana Mallwitz © Lutz Edelhoff
Wiener Symphoniker / Wiener Singakademie / Mallwitz
200 Jahre Beethovens Neunte
19:30 – ca. 21:00
The first Ninth
On May 7, 2024, it will be 200 years to the day that the premiere of Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Vienna's Kärnertortheater marked the beginning of what could be called the mythicization of the number 9. For later symphonists such as Bruckner or Mahler, it became magical. Not to reach it meant failure. In fact, Beethoven himself had found it very difficult to follow his Eighth with another symphonic work. But what he then produced with his Ninth, after almost twelve years of mental rumbling and brooding, was a gigantic creative tour de force, the shattering effect of which one can comprehend even as a listener:in every gripping, stringent performance of the work to this day. And such a performance is now undoubtedly in the offing, when Cornelius Meister's former assistant in Heidelberg and newly appointed chief conductor of the Konzerthausorechester Berlin, Joana Mallwitz, will take the podium of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for the second time.