At no time in musical history has a composer travelled so far as quickly as Beethoven in the Eroica Symphony. This is music that appears to breathe the air of a different planet, lacerating 18th-century sensibilities along the way. Not only is it longer than any symphony previously written, but the emotional content is startlingly raw, with brutal sforzandos rammed home, harmonic dissonances revelled in as never before, and fizzing virtuosity demanded of the players at every turn. Beethoven’s hearing was fast fading and by declaring himself ‘emperor’ his hero Napoleon had become ‘just another tyrant’. Music would never be the same again.
More concerts with Dohnányi
Feb 27 2014, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Christoph von Dohnányi conducts Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Strauss's Ein Heldenleben
Jun 05 2014, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Christoph von Dohnányi conducts Strauss's Four Last Songs and Mahler's Symphony No.1