Nagano, Japan (1998)
In a scene that would make A Clockwork Orange's dystopian antihero Alex shed tears of happiness, Seiji Ozawa – principal conductor of the Vienna State Opera – takes a classy cue from the '64 Innsbruck Games and directs a live performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony while ballet dancers sway in choreographed unison onstage. Then at 1:25 comes the first shocker, as Nagano Olympic Stadium's capacity crowd of 30,000 begin singing the verse in unison with Ozawa's choir. Later, at 1:57, cameras pipe in live feeds from Sydney, Berlin, New York, Beijing, South Africa and literally every other corner of the world where – you guessed it – six more groups join in on the action. Staggering in its scope and flawless in its execution, this is one clip to watch through its conclusion.