Regarding the Third Symphony, “Beethoven, now fully emancipated from the preceding era, may be said for the first time to stand forth and show his lion’s paw!” wrote Theodore Thomas, the Chicago Orchestra‘s founder and first music director.

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TOP: Title page of Beethoven’s Third Symphony Fritz Reiner collection, Rosenthal Archives