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Beethoven: Symphony No 3 (Eroica)

Stephen Johnson explores Beethoven's Third Symphony in E flat, the Eroica, and considers the theme of heroism in the work. Examples performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Stephen Johnson presents a programme exploring Beethoven's Third Symphony in E flat major, the Eroica. It is well known that Beethoven intended to dedicate the symphony to Napoleon, but when Napoleon had himself crowned Emperor in 1804, Beethoven angrily scratched out this dedication and the symphony was then titled the 'Heroic' symphony. Stephen Johnson considers this theme of 'heroism' in the work, illustrated with examples and a complete performance of the symphony by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Christophe Mangou.

1 hour, 30 minutes