Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica', by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Claudio Abbado conducts Brahms, Schoenberg & Beethoven

Claudio Abbado conducts Brahms, Schoenberg & Beethoven


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Brahms:

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Schoenberg:

Orchestral Interlude (from Gurrelieder)

Lied der Waldtaube (from Gurrelieder)

Mihoko Fujimura (alto)


With his very own “mysterious seductive power and legendary elegance” (Le Monde), Claudio Abbado opened for the last time the LUCERNE FESTIVAL in the summer of 2013. Only a few months later, the world had to bid farewell to a monumental artist, humanist, great conductor and orchestra founder. Even in the concert itself, documented here, lived a moment of farewell, as the three great works performed tell of the transience of life. The centerpiece of the Eroica is the funeral march revealing “abysses of shattering dimension” - an “intense experience” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). This record, the last audio-visual documentation of his work, captures once again the extraordinary atmosphere of “vibrant emotionality” that always emerged when Abbado created music with his “orchestra of friends”.

Picture Format Blu-ray: NTSC 16:9, Full HD

Sound Formats Blu-ray: DTS HD Master Audio, PCM Stereo

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 100:12 min

Disc Format: BD 25

“A theme of mortality lends the concert a chilling frisson, but Abbado’s strength of ideas and his ability to communicate them with such focus are the overriding qualities as you watch him in action here...These are superb performances, utterly gripping from beginning to end...Mihoko Fujimura sings with a rare and absorbing blend of compassion and dramatic power.” The Telegraph, 19th June 2014 *****

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Accentus Music - ACC10282

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$43.00

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 & Egmont Overture

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 & Egmont Overture


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Egmont Overture, Op. 84


A monumental masterpiece of epic proportions, Beethoven's Third Symphony dealt a devastating hammer blow to Western music, shattering the very core of its elegantly classical constraints, flinging wide the gates to a world of seemingly limitless expression, and guiding us (in not so gentle a manner) towards a future in which the very fabric of musical creation would be unravelled and subsequently rewoven in the form of Romanticism. The new era had arrived, it's harbinger entitled “Eroica”.

2013 saw the loss of one of Britain's most musically rounded and beloved conductors, Sir Colin Davis. Equally at home in the opera house or on the concert platform, he held a special relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra, which spanned five decades, having first conducted them in 1959. A legendary exponent of great romantic symphonies, and with a particularly keen interest in bringing the music of Hector Berlioz to the attention of the public, his lengthy career saw associations with most of the world's major orchestras and opera companies.

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United Classics - T2CD2013027

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Ataúlfo Argenta conducts Beethoven & Smetana

Ataúlfo Argenta conducts Beethoven & Smetana


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Palacio De La Musica, Madrid, 24 May 1957

Orquesta Nacional de España

Chapí:

Musica Classica: Prelude

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

Serenata (from La Corte de Granada, Fantasia morisca)

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

El tambor de granaderos: Preludio

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

Giménez:

El baile de Luis Alonso: Intermedio

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

La boda de Luis Alonso: Intermedio

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Victoria Hall, Geneva, 29 August 1957

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande


Ataúlfo Argenta

Before he was killed in a freak accident, aged only 44, Ataúflo Argenta (1913–1958) was the foremost Spanish conductor of his generation and on the verge of a major international career. After studying in Germany, he founded the Madrid Chamber Orchestra in 1946 and in 1947 was appointed chief conductor of the Orquesta Nacional de España which quickly grew into a major ensemble. Argenta also established himself in Paris with the Paris Conservatoire and French National Radio orchestras and made a considerable number of recordings in London for Decca. He was closely associated with Ernest Ansermet and the Suisse Romande Orchestra, the former seeing him as a potential successor.

Argenta was not associated with Beethoven, yet this live ICA recording of the ‘Eroica’ with the Orquesta Nacional shows him as an exciting interpreter. This is the first time this recording has been published outside Spain, and it benefits from excellent remastering. Similarly, Smetana’s Bartered Bride Overture with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande recorded live is also issued for the first time outside Spain. Argenta never recorded either of these works commercially in the studio.

The fill-ups consisting of zarzuela orchestral preludes by Chapí and Giménez have never been issued on CD before and reveal Argenta’s unique affinity with these Spanish composers. The Beethoven and Smetana are important additions to Argenta’s discography.

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ica classics Legacy - ICAC5087

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Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Beethoven & Bruckner

Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Beethoven & Bruckner


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor


Digitally remastered in 2012, these great works are captured beautifully from the 1961 live performances with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch. A double CD, this release captures early 1960s performances of artists at the top of their game.

Recorded live in Vienna in 1961

Istituto Discografico Italiano - IDIS6652

(CD - 2 discs)

$24.50

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'


EMI Red Line - 6365552

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$8.00

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Ravel:

Valses nobles et sentimentales


It was Beethoven's original intention that his third symphony should be entitled 'Bonaparte', in honour of Napoleon Bonaparte. But when Napoleon crowned himself 'Emperor' he became, in Beethoven's eyes, "only another tyrannical despot". Beethoven finally named it 'Sinfonia Eroica' (Italian for Heroic Symphony) "composed in honour of a great man".

From its title, in which two Waltz cycles by Schubert are mentioned (Valses Nobles and Valses Sentimentales), it is clear that it was Ravel's intention to compose a sequence of waltzes based on Schubert. Like many of Ravel's works, it was first written for piano and later orchestrated by the composer.

Recorded live at the Mann Auditorium, Tel-Aviv 18/10/1993

“Much of the best of his conducting is heard in the Scherzo...the lilt and languor in Sinopoli's interpretation of Ravel's Valses are worth hearing.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2012

Helicon - HEL029653

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$19.75

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 3

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 3


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'


Sony Thielemann Beethoven Symphonies - 88697975302

(CD - 2 discs)

$20.75

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Beethoven: Gods, Heroes and Men

Beethoven: Gods, Heroes and Men


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: excerpts


There are countless recordings of Beethoven's Third Symphony ‘Eroica’, which he was originally going to dedicate to the revered Napoleon Bonaparte before the latter turned into a tyrant. What sets this new album apart from all the other recordings is the attractive programme: the American-Japanese conductor Kent Nagano combines the famous ‘Eroica’ with Beethoven's lesser-known ballet music ‘The Creatures of Prometheus’. Nagano is ably supported here by the renowned Montreal Symphony Orchestra, whose music director he has been since 2006.

In the ballet score – written shortly before the Third Symphony – we find the first clear signs of the composer's admiration for Napoleon, the ‘Prometheus of his era’. The finale, for example, is based on a contredanse in E flat, taken from a popular French operetta of the time, and which Beethoven also used in the last movement of the ‘Eroica’.

“The two orchestral works receive very distinctive performances from Kent Nagano and his Montreal forces. He adopts some period practices, but of course with an orchestra of modern instruments and proportions...All told this is a controversial but stimulating disc.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“Orchestra and conductor are at their best in the Prometheus ballet music extracts. Nagano's use of the full orchestra might seem a touch weighty for such music, particularly when heard in so sombre an acoustic. But the direction is exacting, the playing determined and spruce.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2011

Sony - 88697857372

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b


RCA Classical Masters - 88697711442

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$8.25

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-4

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-4


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60


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Sony - The Beethoven Project - 88697787559

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$19.00

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