The Philadelphia Orchestra

Beethoven 2020 | Eroica

ThursdayAugust 138:00 PM



Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor


Beethoven  Symphony No. 2 
Hunt  Climb – NY Premiere*
Beethoven  Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”)

beethoven 2020 saratoga performing arts center

*indicates SPAC Premiere

Program Notes

Beethoven was just beginning to go deaf when he wrote his Second Symphony and though he was losing his hearing, he was finding his voice. He could have composed a manifestation of despair, but instead gave the world one of his most ebullient and life-affirming works. The Third Symphony was groundbreaking, a turning point in the composer’s oeuvre and a watershed in musical history. A vast ode to heroism, revolution, and freedom, the “Eroica” is considered by many to be the greatest not just of Beethoven’s symphonies, but of all time.

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