Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Sir Georg Solti, conductor.
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This 1990 recording presents a stirring symphony originally meant to celebrate the republican achievements of Napoleon, followed by the overture from a set of incidental music pieces for the 1787 play Egmont by Goethe.
"No listener to Solti's Eroica is likely to accuse him of bland, featureless phrasing. The first movement is a perfect demonstration of the Soltian style of emphasis: he's never afraid to call a sforzando a sforzando."—Gramophone
"A masterpiece that starts with a jolt, and then twists and turns a basic theme throughout the first movement, further perfecting his gather-and-release approach to cinematic storytelling."—Howard J. Blumenthal, The Classical CD Listener's Guide