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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 'Eroica', Leonore Overture No. 3 & Prometheus Overture

Ludwig van Beethoven , Nikolaus Harnoncourt , Chamber Orchestra of Europe Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (26 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000095IV4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No.3 in E flat major Op.55, 'Eroica' : I Allegro con brioNikolaus Harnoncourt16:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.3 in E flat major Op.55, 'Eroica' : II Marcia funebre - Adagio assaiNikolaus Harnoncourt14:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.3 in E flat major Op.55, 'Eroica' : III Scherzo - Allegro vivaceNikolaus Harnoncourt 5:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.3 in E flat major Op.55, 'Eroica' : IV Finale - Allegro moltoNikolaus Harnoncourt11:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Leonore Overture No.3 Op.72bNikolaus Harnoncourt14:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus [The Creatures of Prometheus] Op.43 : Overture - Introduction, 'La tempesta'Nikolaus Harnoncourt 7:25£0.79  Buy MP3 

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The composer, a champion of liberty and equality, intended to dedicate his Third Symphony to Napoleon, whom he saw as the standard-bearer of the republican movement. But when he learned that Bonaparte had proclaimed himself Emperor, he rubbed out the dedication. When the symphony was premièred in 1805, the audience found it too bold but for present-day listeners, Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ is one of the finest musical manifestations of the Romantic movement, looking forward to later programmatic works.
Beethoven’s overtures represent a turning point in the history of the genre: although written to introduce stage-works, they were often divorced from that concrete context even during their composer’s lifetime and performed on their own in the concert hall. Written in close collaboration with the choreographer Salvatore Viganò, the ballet music for The Creatures of Prometheus dates from 1800-01 and was premièred in 1801. The ideas behind Beethoven’s Prometheus are summed up in a review of the first performance: ‘Prometheus banishes the state of ignorance, civilising men through science and art and inculcating a sense of morality’.
Beethoven wrote four overtures for Leonore ensuring that his only opera occupies a unique position among the world’s great classics. The definitive version of the opera was finally unveiled in 1814, encountering an enthusiastic response, in part, perhaps, because Viennese audiences saw a link between the opera’s plot and their own deliverance from Napoleon’s tyranny. There are four different overtures to go with three different versions of the opera. The Leonore Overture No.3 was written for the 1806 revival. It is often heard today in the concert hall.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Size matters 11 Jun 2014
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When you're going to listen to stuff as old Beethoven's, the orchestra must be small by today's standards, even if the band needed to play his No 3 was, at time time, considered 'massive'. So the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is the right size to deliver the sound Ludwig Van meant you to hear.

And, as Harnoncourt was one of the pioneers of the 'authentic' sound movement, he's a good man to have in charge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificient Third "Eroica" Symphony from Harnoncourt and the COE 4 Feb 2007
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Once more Warner Classics has selected from its vast holdings of recorded music (when the company was Teldec), to release this remastered version of Harnoncourt's thought-provoking, emotionally riveting account of the Beethoven 3rd "Eroica" Symphony. Independently of musicologist Jonathan Del Mar, the editer of the Barenreiter Edition of Beethoven's symphonic scores, Harnoncourt reached the conclusion - from his own extensive musicological scholarship - that swifter tempi were required in performances of Beethoven's scores. He offers a truly magnificient, emotionally intense account, which uses modern instruments (except for horns) performed by a first-class ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Traditionalists may not appreciate Harnoncourt's interpretation - or performances conducted using the Barenreiter Edition - but I think it remains among the best recordings of this symphony currently available. Warner Classics has added as a "bookend", Harnoncourt's performances of two of Beethoven's overtures which were recorded around the same time as the symphonies.
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