Beethoven: Symphony No 3 'Eroica', Leonore Overture No 2 [download]
Catalogue Number LSO0580
James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd sound engineer (Symphony No 3)
Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd sound engineer (Leonore Overture No 2)
Recorded November 2005, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch
'The virtues of Bernard Haitink's Beethoven cycle at the Barbican are well summarised by this performance of the Eroica. [He] puts Beethoven first in every aspect.'
'An amazing level of audible detail in even the most heavily scored passages... I respect both Haitink for his willingness to rethink his interpretation and the LSO for its evident enthusiasm in giving him what he requires.'
'The clarity is exemplary... Haitink's performance has a magnificently strong forward flow to it... The orchestral detail is excellent and enhances the subtlety of Haitink's phrasing.'
Bernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven took a massive stride forward in the development of the symphonic form with the 'Eroica'. Not only is the work written on an unprecedented scale, it also lays the very foundations of Romanticism in music.The symphony mirrors Beethoven's own emergence from despair and he used it to symbolize mankind's capacity for greatness. He initially dedicated the score to Napoleon whom embodied his view of greatness. However, when Napoleon crowned himself Emperor, Beethoven furiously removed the dedication from the score.
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2. Symphony No 3 in E-Flat Major - 'Eroica': II. Marcia Funebre - Adagio Assai
3. Symphony No 3 in E-Flat Major - 'Eroica': III. Allegro Vivace
4. Symphony No 3 in E-Flat Major - 'Eroica': IV. Finale - Allegro Molto
5. Leonore Overture No 2