Classics Explained Launches Record-Beaking Video on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

By David Salazar

Classics Explained has released a new video on its renowned YouTube series that places a spotlight on Beethoven’s famed Ninth Symphony.

Per an official press release, the new video racked up 62,000 views in just three days, a faster rate than any of the previous installments in the 21-video series.

“We are thrilled to have released our video on Beethoven’s Symphony of Symphonies: the monumental 9th. It was a great challenge to write and present; how does one even begin to explain a work so wondrous and full of innovation and beauty?,” said creator Ben Levy. “Beethoven was a reclusive older man when he wrote the symphony, many years after his previous one. He was embittered by the state of modern music and, as is well known, struggling with his profound deafness. What the animation conveys is his passage from darkness to light, the journey from silence to sound to music, from angry old man cooped up in his bedraggled, messy squat to celebrated artist twizzling the decks at a debauched East German nightclub. Simon Rattle’s recording with the Berlin Philharmonic, Annette Dasch, Eva Vogel, Christian Elsner and Dimitry Ivashchenko is just the best at capturing Beethoven’s grandiose vision. We are thrilled by the outpouring of emotional responses from our viewers who have been particularly moved by Beethoven’s inner struggles.”

Classic Explained has over 70,000 subscribers and more than 3 million views all time.