Treat yourself to almost 19 minutes of wonderfulness…
10,000 people singing the finale to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony? What’s not to love?
It’s a bit slow-paced due, I guess, to having to coordinate all the multitudes, but it’s still just wonderful!
What fun it must have been to pull it all together!
The singing’s kind of ragged in places, which sometimes made it difficult to listen to. The climactic part — roughly 6:45 into it — was quite well done. I’m not sure how one could go about coordinating the efforts of 10,000 or more people — even well-trained people, as these certainly are — and pull this off properly. I mean, the delay in the sound reaching the conductor’s ears from the far reaches alone. I’m sure that was the reason for the less than sprightly pace of the performance, and the muddy vocals sound. It was still, nonetheless, a worthy effort, and worth listening to.