Originally Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 was supposed to be dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte. When the latter crowned himself Emperor of France, Beethoven was so dismayed that he scratched out Napoleon’s name on the title page so fiercely that it left a hole in the paper. The work soon became famous under its new title, Eroica. Besides symphonies, Beethoven also composed several works for the stage. His overture to Leonore reveals how intensely dramatic his music is, even without text. Star cellist Nicolas Altstaedt has always enjoyed the emotional eloquence of Schuman’s Cello Concerto. The German romantic composer’s work reaches new heights thanks to the analytical skills of honorary conductor Philippe Herreweghe, an expert when it comes to performances of works by either composer.
Program Schumann with Herreweghe and Altstaedt Antwerp Symphony Orchestra