Beethoven Day 2021
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 EroicaNicholas Collon - Helsinki
Beethoven's third symphony, known as the Eroica, was originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte. But when Bonaparte crowned himself emperor in December 1804, the composer, faithful to enlightenment ideals, revoked his dedication in disgust. Premiered in Vienna in 1805, the third symphony marks a turning point in Beethoven’s composition, breaking free from classical convention and heralding the Romantic period. Performed live from the monolithic Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki, by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the helm of its new music director, British conductor Nicholas Collon.