19 February 2021

François-Xavier Roth

Beethoven's ‘Eroica’

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Due to heavy snowfall in the Netherlands, conductor Gustavo Dudamel and soprano Camilla Tilling unfortunately have been unable to travel to Amsterdam for this recording. Both they and the orchestra are very sad that the rehearsals and concert registration for this week have had to be cancelled. The stream which was scheduled for Friday 19 February will be replaced by a performance of Beethoven’s Third symphony ‘Eroica’, conducted by François-Xavier Roth (recorded in August 2020).
February 2021 Friday 20:00
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'

The Concertgebouworkest performs Beethoven’s astounding ‘Eroica’ Symphony conducted by François-Xavier Roth.

Beethoven’s Third Symphony

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.

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