The Concertgebouworkest performs Beethoven’s astounding ‘Eroica’ Symphony conducted by François-Xavier Roth.
Beethoven’s Third Symphony, also known as the ‘Eroica’ (heroic), would change the musical landscape forever. The work was unreservedly extreme for its time, full of unusual sounds and dramatic contrasts. Political upheavals in Europe set the stage. Beethoven had originally intended to dedicate this symphony to Napoleon, but scratched out his dedication when he realised the revolutionary folk hero was actually a power-hungry megalomaniac. In the hands of conductor François-Xavier Roth, lauded by critics as as a sound magician with immense empathy, this music truly comes to life.