Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Janine Jansen violin
At no time in musical history has a composer travelled so far, and as quickly, as Beethoven in the Eroica Symphony. This is music that appears to breathe the air of a different planet, lacerating 18th-century sensibilities along the way. Not only is it longer than any symphony previously written, but the emotional content is startlingly raw, with brutal sforzandos rammed home, harmonic dissonances revelled in as never before, and fizzing virtuosity demanded of the players at every turn. Music would never be the same again. Meanwhile, Beethoven’s hearing was fast fading and by declaring himself ‘emperor’, his hero Napoleon had become ‘just another tyrant’. Alongside, the Philharmonia is joined by soloist Janine Jansen for Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2.