The masterpiece known as the Eroica Symphony was sketched while Beethoven was staying at Oberdobling in 1803. Unlike many of his works, the principal ideas were in place early on in the composition process, and progress was swift. The work was originally entitled "Bonaparte" in honour of France's First Consul, Napoleon Bonaparte, whose revolutionary ideals Beethoven identified with.
This recording is performed by the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine.
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