Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in this recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 "Eroica". Beethoven originally dedicated this symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte, whom he saw as the champion of the common man, a hero pursuing the newly founded ideals of the French Revolution: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. However, upon hearing that Napoleon had declared himself emperor, Beethoven became furious and tore up the title page containing the dedication. The "Eroica" marks one of the turning points in music history, heralding a new age in symphonic style.