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Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 1

Beethoven was one of music's great strugglers. Stephen Johnson attempts to answer the question, "Why did Beethoven compose four overtures for his great opera Fidelio?" He reveals something of the inspiration and perspiration that went into the creation of the four overtures, which Beethoven wrote to open his three versions of the opera, Fidelio.

The BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Jason Lai provide musical illustrations of two of the overtures, Fidelio and Leonore No. 3

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44 minutes


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Composer Ludwig van Beethoven