Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, is the story of a wrongfully imprisoned man whose loyal wife Leonore rescues him. The drama is thrillingly evoked in the composer’s Leonore Overture No. 3. In his Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” he further explores the true nature of heroism. With these magnificent works, Beethoven pushes the limits of the music of his time to express his fervent beliefs about justice and freedom.

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