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BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN
Symphony No. 3 ''Eroica''
2008 release. Richard Wagner on Beethoven's "Heroic Symphony": "This is a symphonic poem of enormous significance: it is the third symphony of the great master and the work with which he sets out on an original path for the very first time. In many ways it is quite difficult to understand, despite the associations awakened by the title. And it is this very title, a "heroic symphony", which is not arbitrary, but occasions -- in a certain historical and dramatic sense -- a series of heroical correlations to be presented in musical sound. The term "heroic" must be understood in the broadest possible sense and may in no way be interpreted as pertaining to any military heroes in that sense of the word. Let us perhaps try to understand "hero" as a complete and entire human being, for whom purely human sentience -- of which feelings such as love, pain and potency are but a part -- can only completely and abundantly be made his own when we understand this figure as an artist who can only communicate with us via the medium of music... This is where the heart once again utters thoughts concerning the pain of love: the breast swells full of love -- the breast, which in its delight also embraces pain... ponder on pleasance and balefulness, for they are of the same ilk. Once more the heart tremors, and rich tears of noble humanity brim, but out of this ravishment of wistfulness there emerges an audacious jubilance of strength -- that strength with which love was once wed and that now calls the whole, complete man to applaud his avowal of godliness. Only in the master's musical language could the unspeakable be proclaimed, even if these words can only render such things with timid adumbration." Performed by Ensemble28, Daniel Grossmann (conductor).
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