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.
'Haitink puts Beethoven first in every aspect, giving the first movement [of the Eroica] a spontaneity deriving from its rhythmic vitality... the finale sweeps towards its climax on a tide of orchestral eloquence ... such as the LSO reserves for its favourite conductors' -- Sunday Telegraph (UK), 13 August 2006
'simply masterful Beethoven ... Even if you already have umpteen other recordings of these works, you really owe it to yourself to hear this new set. It's a deeply satisfying musical experience'
-- Chicago Tribune (US), 13 October 2006