2 Dec 2017

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 3, Eroica

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 2 December 2017

This was the first symphony where Beethoven was seized by a poetic idea, and aspired to make his music the voice of that idea.

Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820

Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820 Photo: Public Domain

Orchestra Wellington conducted by Marc Taddei

This work represents a giant leap forward for Beethoven, with an altogether new approach to structure, orchestration and thematic development.

The third symphony was originally planned as a tribute to Napoleon, at a time when he was seen as a champion of human rights and freedom. But when Napoleon proved to be motivated only by ambition and a lust for power, by proclaiming himself Emperor, Beethoven angrily changed the dedication to an unnamed hero - a hero of the spirit and a symbol of man’s noblest ambitions.

Recorded in Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert

Producer and Engineer: Darryl Stack


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