I was thinking today how I would present it- the 9th- to my students next year in Humanities. How do you convey the emotion, the reaction, the pure joy that it produces, the grandiosity? Many of them may just hear lots of shouting and crescendos, so how do you transmit the greater messages and meanings? I want them to leave not just appreciating but soaking it in.
In keeping with the synchronicity of earlier doings (the OtR concert venue), I happened upon one of the many blogs I occasionally visit, this time at Integral Options Cafe, which has provided me food for mental and Buddhist thought herenthere. This time he presented me, us, with a link to a Karajan YouTube 9th of all things, a '60s video recording of the symphony. I own 3 or 5 versions of the 9th, mostly b/c I like to compare tempi, soloists and interpretations. Although the tenor in this isn't quite up to the task, I found myself watching the whole 4th movement all the while wanting to go to bed but unable to detach me from the experience. Another of Karajan's, a London release, is the best of the variations I have.
I did search around for some good articles or analysis, but nah!, I'm ready for bed. I do encourage you to go listen or find a copy. It embodies the human spirit in all its Darkness and Light. Beethoven was deaf by the time he composed it, but he was stirred and inspired, as am I when I listen to it.