One doesn't have to read Anthony Burgess or watch Kubrick to be driven to madness by Beethoven's 9th:
"The magic power re-unites all that custom has divided,
All men become brothers under the sway of thy gentle wings"
Lucky for me, I managed to borrow Herbert von Karajan's rendering of Beethoven's symphonies from a friend before he left for India. Nothing lifts your spirits better in moments of solitude!