For Emperors and Heroes
Compagnia di Punto
Christian Binde (Horn and Conductor)
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the founding father of historical performance practice, always spoke of “Musik als Klangrede” (music as a tonal language). The musicians of the Compagnia di Punto, led by the horn player Christian Binde, are committed to this idea: with their historical instruments, they tell stories. According to legend, Beethoven wanted to dedicate his “Eroica” to Napoleon, but when he heard that Napoleon had crowned himself Emperor, he – as the anecdote goes – tore apart the title page of the musical score with the dedication. Napoleon was still a schoolboy when Haydn composed his Symphony No. 53, which was a huge international success. Its nickname, “L’Imperiale,” fits the majestic introduction but doesn’t originate from Haydn himself. Regardless, the music is worth the attention of royal ears all the same.
JOSEPH HAYDN (1732–1809)
Sinfonie D-Dur Hob. I:53 ›L’Imperiale‹
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Sinfonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur op. 55 ›Eroica‹