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

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Beethoven: Sinfonia Eroica

Beethoven: Sinfonia Eroica


Beethoven:

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

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62


This is music to shock, arouse and thrill — the only thing it won’t do is leave you unmoved. Sitting like a gate-keeper to the new century, a century that saw more change than any before it, Beethoven’s 'Eroica' (1803-5) changed the history of music. Take note, it seems to say: Man has the power to challenge Fate and sometimes even win (the French Revolution was still echoing in the mind). In 1994 Jordi Savall conducted Beethoven's 'Eroica' symphony with Le Concert des Nations (a group he founded in 1989 for Baroque music), winning praise for this well-researched and groundbreaking interpretation.

“it still has the ability to make one sit up and take note, whether it be the brilliance of the woodwind tone, the shimmering tremolo strings with cutting cross-accents driving the music forward like some sort of life-bringing juggernaut that refuses to be ignored; perhaps for the first time, I heard what my university lecturers meant by the shock value of “Eroica”, and Savall does all of this without milking each of the many dramatic moments.” Early Music Review, 1st April 2016

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Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven & Shchedrin

Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven & Shchedrin


Beethoven:

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

Shchedrin:

Beethovens Heiligenstädter Testament


The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has already performed Beethoven symphony cycles on several occasions. Mariss Jansons has now extended the cycle concept in two respects: with works specially commissioned from contemporary composers, who have contributed their own musical reflections on Beethoven symphonies, and by presenting these outstanding concert events on the record market as a series of live recordings. Following the excellent response from critics and audiences for the award-winning Complete Edition (BR-KLASSIK, 900119), BR-KLASSIK now presents the symphonies on individual CDs. The first of these is the Symphony No 3 in E Flat, op 55, in a live recording made in 2012 in Munich's Herkulessaal, accompanied by a work of the Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin (born 1932). For his symphonic fragment "Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Testament," Schedrin has selected the devastating document – written around the same time as the Eroica – in which the composer described the progressive deafness that almost drove him to suicide.

BR Klassik - 900134

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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies Vol. 1

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies Vol. 1


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


Copenhagen Phil, Lan Shui

The first in the CPH Phil’s complete Beethoven symphony series with renowned Chinese conductor Lan Shui.

Featuring original brass and percussion instruments leading to a unique and compelling sound.

The CPH Phil has a strong internet presence and their flash mob video of “Morning” from Peer Gynt on YouTube has garnered more than 10 million views.

Orchid Classics - ORC100045

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3, 7, 8 & Consecration of the House Overture

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3, 7, 8 & Consecration of the House Overture


Beethoven:

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

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93


Except among record collectors and an ever dwindling number of music lovers who were lucky enough to have heard him conduct in public prior to his death in 1955, Van Kempen remains little more than a name in a book. The reasons for his relative obscurity are not that difficult to understand. Outside The Netherlands and Germany he had no career to speak of, and during his prime he conducted in wartime Europe, which was hardly the ideal place from which to spread his fame throughout the English-speaking world. Yet on the evidence of a handful of extraordinary commercial recordings made between 1951 and the year of his death, Van Kempen was clearly one of the most distinctive musical minds of his generation and one of the most individual Tchaikovsky conductors the century has known.

Following the very popular release of Paul van Kempen’s Tchaikovsky recordings with the Concertgebouw Orchestra on Philips (Decca Eloquence 480 8536), we now present the three Beethoven symphonies (Nos. 3, 7 and 8, recorded in 1951 and 1953) he made for Philips, coupled with his 1952 Deutsche Grammophon recording of ‘The Consecration of the House’ Overture. The mono sound is vibrant and the performances, all with the Berliner Philharmoniker, are insightful, passionate and thrilling.

“this is an outstanding issue. […] Van Kempen and the Berlin orchestra do indeed play the work in a wonderfully sensitive manner” Gramophone Magazine, December 1954 (Symphony No. 3)

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4820270

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Europakonzert 1997 from Versailles

Europakonzert 1997 from Versailles

From the Opéra du Château de Versailles, 1997


Beethoven:

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

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K415

Ravel:

Le Tombeau de Couperin


The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the first of May in 1882 is annually celebrated with a concert in aEuropean city of cultural significance. For this newly released EUROPAKONZERT Blu-ray Disc all recordings werelovingly restored and converted to High Definition video.

Daniel Barenboim performs here as both conductor and soloist on the piano.

1997 The concert takes place at the spectacular Palace of Versailles in Paris , center of French political power until theFrench Revolution and famous backdrop for movies as Midnight in Paris, Dangerous Liasons and Jeffernson in Paris.

Soloist –Conductor Daniel Barenboim is a multi Grammy Award winner.

Each movement of Ravel’s “Tombeau” is dedicated to one of his friends, who died in WW I.

Mozart’s piano concerto was the third in his series of three subscription concertos.

Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony was originally dedicated to Napoleon, which was later changed by Beethoven himself ,showing his disappointment over Napoleon’s self-proclamation as Emperor.

BD is enhanced by an enticing documentary about the musical life in Paris.

This BD comes with a luxury slipcase.

Picture format BD: 60i - 16:9 - Documentary: SD NTSC

Disc Format: BD 25

Sounds formats BD: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio

Region code: All

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Language (Documentary): German - Subtitles: English, French

Running time: 97 mins Concert, 19 mins Documentary

FSK: 0

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EuroArts Europakonzert - 2012794

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Pierre Monteux a Amsterdam

Pierre Monteux a Amsterdam


Beethoven:

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

(played as a tribute to President Kennedy, assassinated two days earlier)

Berlioz:

Harold en Italie, Op. 16: Sérénade

Klaas Boon (viola)

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (extract)

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)


Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Pierre Monteux

Tahra - TAH766/767

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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'


Warner Classics Red Line - 6365552

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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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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

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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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