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Beethoven Symphony Nos 2 and No 3

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/Gardiner

Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique and Gardiner

If Beethoven’s Second Symphony is the sound of a young artist stretching his wings, the Third – the Eroica – is the moment when his genius takes flight.

Music still hasn’t recovered from the aftershock; and with John Eliot Gardiner’s crack period-instrument orchestra, it’s more dangerous than ever. With its swaggering horns, monumental funeral march and unquenchable energy, the Eroica is the symphony, above all others, that lets the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique live up to its name.

Inspired by the ideals – if not the political reality – of the French Revolution, this is where music and politics collide, to explosive effect. The Second Symphony is positively playful by comparison, but be warned: this kitten has claws.

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