In 2006, Kent Nagano conducted this Berlin performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica"), a work that serves as testament to humanity's heroic spirit through its breathtaking scale, orchestration, and harmonies. Produced by Bernhard Fleischer, the set also includes a 52-minute documentary in which Nagano illuminates the Eroica's place in music history and in Beethoven's oeuvre.
"The recording itself is good and tightly focused, the playing similarly concentrated…. The famous dissonant climax finds Nagano hurling himself at the orchestra…. Hushed and emaciated, the Funeral March is the most successful movement here. Nagano paces [it] well, opening up a portal of power."—American Record Guide