Beethoven had the highest esteem for Napoleon. He devoted his revolutionary symphonic masterpiece to him, later called the Eroica. However, disappointment followed quickly. In honor of the Duke of Wellington, the man who dealt the last blow to Napoleon’s army in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, Beethoven wrote a composition swathed in a military spirit, Wellington’s Victory. In a way, a similar idea of the final victory through conflict is characterized by Symphony No. 5 by P. I. Tchaikovsky. This was probably the reason for its great popularity in Russia during the Second World War and the siege of Leningrad. The program will close with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 by Sergei Prokofiev, with Ukrainian-Australian pianist star Alexander Gavrylyuk.