Yeah, erm... Beethoven's 9th, sit down, enjoy, and subsequently jizz.
Edit: By familiar, do you mean you've listened to all of it? or just a crappy snip bit that was cliche-rised by culture? It absolutely pains me when I see a "Simply Beethoven" boxset in HMV and to find only the 4th Movement on its own, the 4th movement is absolutely nothing without the glory of the 1st, the technical showpiece of the second, and the pacing of the 3rd. (Yes, it is ironic since the 4th movement references the 1st, 2nd and the 3rd movement)
If you have, then there's no hope left... abort! abort! But try Dvorak's 9th
Though I'd say that the Choir in Beethoven's 9th wasn't that spectacular, apart from "Was the mode stern getelt" part, only the orchestra and the tenors, sopranos and pals were the star of the symphony, I felt the choir was just there to add to the atmosphere.
And to be constructive to the discussion, Grieg's Peer Gynt suite, which includes in the hall of the mountain king, as well as Ase's death, which is pretty good as well
Edited by jiamenguk - 8/4/10 at 3:04pm