Genesis of Beethoven’s Symphony No 3, the Eroica.

Staring Ian Hart as Beethoven in this film of the first performance of the Eroica Symphony.

BBC television film that dramatises the performance of Beethoven’s third symphony – Eroica.
Conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner (one of the world’s foremost Beethoven experts) with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique .

Executive Producer and Head of BBC Classical Music Peter Maniura says:
“Beethoven’s revolutionary Third Symphony, The Eroica, burst upon an unsuspecting world in the summer of 1804.


Ian Hart — Ludwig van Beethoven
Tim Pigott-Smith — Count Dietrichstein
Jack Davenport — Prince Franz Lobkowitz
Fenella Woolgar — Princess Marie Lobkowitz
Claire Skinner — Countess Josephine von Deym
Lucy Akhurst — Countess Teresa von Brunswick (Josephine’s sister)
Frank Finlay — Joseph Haydn
Leo Bill — Ferdinand Ries
Peter Hanson — Wranitzky (leader of the orchestra in the film and of Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique)
Robert Glenister — Gerhardt (one of the prince’s servants)
Anton Lesser — Sukowaty (Beethoven’s copyist).