In his Symphony No. 3, Beethoven is full of fire and grand gestures, more than enough to justify the work's title, Eroica - "Heroic." In his Piano Concerto, John Corigliano generates plenty of fire and grand gestures, too, as if he were also going for something heroic in scope.
Maybe it's significant that Beethoven was only 33 in 1803 when he wrote that symphony, Corigliano only 30 in 1968 when he wrote that concerto - that's a good time in a person's life for thinking big.
If you go The BSO performs at 11 a.m. today at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $15-$57. Call 410-783-8000 or go to bsomusic.org.