◉ Sound of Ghent ◉ Beethoven Symphony no. 9 'Ode an die Freude' with soloists from the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides


It will not be possible to fill a stage with 80 musicians performing together on strings and wind instruments just yet. But never fear! We have invited all the large Belgian orchestras to perform their core repertoire at the Festival with an adapted line-up. In this anniversary year, no fewer than all nine symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven are on the programme.

With his ninth symphony, after all the innovations that he had introduced the indefatigable Beethoven once again succeeds in injecting a revolutionary twist into musical history. The dimensions of the work, especially the spectacular final part with the famous Ode to Joy with lyrics by Schiller, permanently shift the goalposts of the genre. We open our exceptional Beethoven cycle with a recent arrangement created by the Italian Alessandro Bombonati for an extensive wind ensemble.


With the platform Sound of Ghent, a number of Ghent culture houses are joining forces to create a varied online concert programme. Under the motto 'live from your living room’ we’re offering you the opportunity to stream the best live concert with the best picture and sound quality for a low price, in an entirely coronavirus-proof way!

◉ This concert was recorded on 25 September 2020 in de Oude Vismijn in Ghent. The broadcast will be streamed on 26 Feebruary via and will be available for 48 hours.◉



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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony no. 9 in d minor  'Ode an die Freude' in an arrangement for wind ensemble from Alessandro Bombonati


Wim Vandenbossche, flute

Veerle Huskens, oboe

Dymphna Vandenabeele, oboe

Eva Salien, clarinet

Bart Watté, clarinet

Katrien Noel, bassethorn

Johan Schols, bassethorn

Marc Peremans, horn

Marc Weyers, horn

Thomas Gustin, horn

Peter Van Montfort, horn

Gerrit Peeten, horn

Bruno Ricci, bassoon

Jean-François Carlier, bassoon

Eva Bekaert, double bass

Yves Segers, conductor