Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Eroica & Symphony No. 5 in C minor
SIGCD169 | August 2009 release
Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony transformed the classical symphony, bringing it firmly into the Romantic era. Despite its title there is no specific programme to the work; Deryck Cooke wrote ‘we should regard it as the musical equivalent of an essay on heroism’.
One of the most famous openings to a symphony ever composed, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is a progression from tragic fatalism to blazing triumph. Although the shadows of the third movement make a brief reappearance in the finale, they are soon chased away in the brilliant C major finale.
This recording is conducted by the Philharmonia’s Honorary Conductor for Life, Christoph von Dohnányi.