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In 2018, marking the exact 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending World War 1, the all-star World Orchestra for Peace gave two UNESCO designated performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Symbolically one in each of the UK and Germany – for the BBC Proms in London and for the WÃ¼rth Music Foundation in KÃ¼nzelsau. Founded in 1995 by Sir Georg Solti to reaffirm, in his words, ''the unique strength of music as an ambassador for peace'', leading players from the world's finest orchestras gave this performance at â€˜the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month', 100 years after the guns fell silent in 1918. The performance is preceded by moving words of welcome and introduction from Prof. WÃ¼rth and Lady Solti, both highlighting the need for brotherhood and joy amongst all nations, as reflected in the words of Schiller's Ode in the choral finale. As a bonus, this release includes welcome and introductions from Prof. Dr. Reinhold WÃ¼rth, Charles Kaye (Director/co-founder of the World Orchestra for Peace), and Lady Valerie Solti (Patron of the World Orchestra for Peace).
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