Samuel Ramey - Ode "To Joy"- Beethoven
24 Apr 2010
Karita Mattila - sopran
Anne Sofie von Otter - contralto
Francisco Araiza - tenor
Samuel Ramey - bass
Ludwig van Beethvoven:
O friends, not these sounds!
Rather let us sing something more pleasant and more joyful!
Friedrich von Schiller:
Joy, thou spark from flame immortal
Daughter of Elysium!
Drunk with fire, O Heavn-born goddess,
We invade thy halidom!
Let thy magic bring together
All whom earth-born laws divide;
All mankind shall be as brothers
Neath thy tender wings and wide.
He that's had that best good fortune,
To his friend a friend to be,
He that's won a noble woman,
Let him join our jubilee!
Ay, and who a single other
Soul on earth can call his own;
But let him who never achieved it
Steal away in tears alone.
Joy doth every living creature
Draw from nature's ample breast;
All good men and all those evil
follow on her roseate quest.
Kisses doth she give, and vintage,
Friends who fir