Beethoven’s heroic Third is famous for the circumstances of its original dedication to Napoleon. Beethoven crossed out the dedication after Napoleon declared himself Emperor and replaced it with a dedication to his patron, the music-loving Prince Joseph Franz Maximilian von Lobkowicz. At Jezeří Castle, a Lobkowicz family estate, the Eroica supposedly received its first non-public performance in a chamber arrangement.
Collegium 1704 is a Prague-based highly acclaimed Baroque orchestra established in 2005 by the conductor and harpsichordist Václav Luks. The orchestra & vocal ensemble present famous orchestral and choral works by well-known composers as well as long-forgotten and now rediscovered treasures of the Baroque repertoire. The ensemble has been successfuly promoting work of Czech masters like Jan Dismas Zelenka and Josef Mysliveček.