DURING THE FALL 1802, Beethoven is living one of the most serious crises of his life, as tragically witnesses the Heiligenstadt Testament. Aware that his growing deafness will not be cured, increasingly isolated from the outside world of people and sounds, he contemplated suicide: “A little more and I would have ended me life, it was only my art that held me back. Ah, it seemed to me impossible to leave the world until I had brought forth all that I felt was within me.” This artistic impulsion that saved his life gave birth to the Symphony No. 3 in E♭ major “Eroica”, op 55, on which he began to work in 1802, while the Symphony No. 2 was not achieved yet. He completed the work of his “Grande Sinfonia” during the summer 1803 and presented a first version in the fall. His friend and patron Prince Lobkowitz bought him the work’s exclusive rights for six months and offered him a rehearsal room and an orchestra in his palace.
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Direction musicale et Directeur musical : Philippe Jordan
Une coproduction Opéra national de Paris - Telmondis
En association avec ARTE France
En association avec M_MEDIA /ClassicAll TV
Avec le soutien de Pierre Bergé, mécène des concerts symphoniques de l’orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris.
Et de la Fondation Orange, mécène des retransmissions audiovisuelles de l’Opéra national de Paris
Avec le concours du centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée
Réalisateur : Vincent Massip
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