There is no surer way of evading the world than by Art;
and no surer way of uniting with it than by Art.
Johann Wolfgang von Geothe
The Heroic Symphony by Beethoven initiated a notable era for European symphonism, which was elevated by this work to a new innovative level. The Symphony was created in a psychologically very hard period for the composer.
At the end of the broadcast, you'll listen to the 1st and 2nd parts of the Symphony performed by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan.