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The humanity of Beethoven

The humanity of Beethoven

Audio will be available later today.

In his only opera, "Fidelio," Beethoven rails against tyranny and opression. It's the story of a determined woman who disguises herself in order to rescue her husband, a political prisoner. It all starts out with a dramatic overture, which we'll hear performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra led by Robert Spano.