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

Six great composers, six landmark symphonies, a top orchestra and its star
conductor Kent Nagano - these are the components of an extraordinary
classical-music television event. Shot in High Definition, it takes a bold
and innovative approach to the recording of classical music. Boom and
tracking shots, quick cuts, remote-controlled cameras - stylistic means
previously used chiefly for pop music recordings give the programs an
up-to-the-minute look and feel. A team of more than 30 specialists makes
sure that viewers enjoy a truly cinematic experience.
The programs also go new ways by featuring entertaining, historically
founded animated sequences illustrating episodes from the lives of the
composers. Backstage interviews with the musicians and excerpts from their
rehearsals let us share in the spirit of their music-making. Conductor Kent
Nagano also relates what is of special importance to him in each work, and
offers fascinating insights on the origin and context of the work in
question. The main element of each episode is the live recording of a
concert from the Berlin Philharmonie.
Kent Nagano is one of the most successful and high-profile conductors of
today. He has led all the major orchestras of New York, London, Berlin,
Vienna, Paris... In 2000 he was named artistic director of the Deutsches
Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. In fall 2006 he succeeded Zubin Mehta as
General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera.
Beethoven originally dedicated this symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte, whom he
saw as the champion of the common man, a hero pursuing the newly founded
ideals of the French Revolution: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. However,
upon hearing that Napoleon had declared himself emperor, Beethoven became
furious and tore up the title page containing the dedication. The "Eroica"
marks one of the turning points in music history, heralding a new age in
symphonic style. Prior to this work, Beethoven had been a composer with
roots in the 18th century. The Third Symphony's length and the nature of
its thematic material, emotional depth, range and harmonic daring set it
apart from any earlier symphonic work.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Video Director: Oliver Becker, Ellen Fellmann
Genre: Concert
Length: 53 minutes
Cat.No.: A055119320003
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