Notes & Reviews:
As legend tells it, when Beethoven learned that Napoleon had declared himself emperor, he tore the title page of his latest symphony to shreds. The hotheaded composer had originally intended to call it "Bonaparte," but now he felt that the honoree had absolutely betrayed the ideals of the French Revolution. This compelling new recording of the Eroica displays a genuinely heroic spirit, and the conductor Stefan Blunier leads the conquest of the work's vast dimensions with gripping orchestral drama.
This new recording's carefully designed program also lends it magnetic appeal: Stefan Blunier complements the popular Eroica with König Stephan and Die Weihe des Hauses, two very rarely heard overtures. It is difficult to understand why these two masterpieces are hardly ever performed in the concert hall - especially since they roused the premiere audiences to storms of endless applause when they were presented in conjunction with stage performances.
The Eroica too has been produced in the finest SACD quality. The carefully balanced 3-D sound makes all our listening wishes come true: freshly polished, the work shines with sparkling brilliance - and whose heart can fail to feel the heroic beat?