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Beethoven Symphony No. 3

The first powerful chords in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 – the Eroica – are clear: we can expect a grand symphony about heroic bravery. Experience the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Finnish conductor John Storgårds in this concert video on KonserthusetPlay.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, also called ‘Eroica’ – the heroic – is an expansive, fascinating listening adventure. The surprises come one after the next in a flood: even the initial theme is developed by Beethoven in a way that had never before been done.

The symphony was originally composed in honour of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), but the story of how Beethoven tore off the title page from the symphony score where the original dedication to Napoleon was once found is famous – and also comes in many variations. According to friend and pupil Ferdinand Ries, after learning that Napoleon had declared himself emperor, Beethoven bellowed, ‘Now he will also trample all human rights underfoot and only promote his own interests; he will put himself before others and be a tyrant!’

Beethoven was a friend of France and his antipathy towards Napoleon is said to have softened later. In conjunction with a biography about the French emperor, Beethoven said, ‘Before, I could not tolerate him. Now my feelings have changed completely.’ 

  • The music

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • John Storgårds conductor

About the video

  • Filmed in April 2017.
  • The video is approximately 53 minutes.

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Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven Symphony No. 3

The first powerful chords in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 – the Eroica – are clear: we can expect a grand symphony about heroic bravery. Experience the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Finnish conductor John Storgårds in this concert video on KonserthusetPlay.

About the video

  • Filmed in April 2017.
  • The video is approximately 53 minutes.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, also called ‘Eroica’ – the heroic – is an expansive, fascinating listening adventure. The surprises come one after the next in a flood: even the initial theme is developed by Beethoven in a way that had never before been done.

The symphony was originally composed in honour of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), but the story of how Beethoven tore off the title page from the symphony score where the original dedication to Napoleon was once found is famous – and also comes in many variations. According to friend and pupil Ferdinand Ries, after learning that Napoleon had declared himself emperor, Beethoven bellowed, ‘Now he will also trample all human rights underfoot and only promote his own interests; he will put himself before others and be a tyrant!’

Beethoven was a friend of France and his antipathy towards Napoleon is said to have softened later. In conjunction with a biography about the French emperor, Beethoven said, ‘Before, I could not tolerate him. Now my feelings have changed completely.’ 

  • The music

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • John Storgårds conductor

Watch in our app

The Konserthuset Play app makes it easier to experience music on your phone or tablet – or on a big screen! Read more

FAQ about Konserthuset Play

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Konserthuset Stockholm’s fundraising for the UNHCR – support the Ukrainian people

All donations are passed on in full to the UNHCR and the Ukrainian people. Use Swish number 123 408 85 63 or make your donation via our booking system. Warm thanks!

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven Five

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the Fate Symphony, is one of the greatest masterpieces of music history. This dramatic and extroverted piece is a gateway to classical music for many people.

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Harp and Beethoven's fifth symphony

French harpist Xavier de Maistre, along with French conductor Nathalie Stutzmann and Kungliga Filharmonikerna.

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven Symphony No. 6

In the sixth symphony, the Pastoral symphony, Beethoven describes life in the countryside in the early nineteenth century. In this concert video Gianandrea Noseda leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in a moving performance from the Nobel Prize Concert 2016.

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven Symphony No. 7

All of Beethoven’s symphonies are musical milestones. In this concert video, French conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.