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Brahms Piano Concerto no. 2
Variations on a theme by Haydn
Symphony no. 3
Hélène Grimaud piano
Andris Nelsons conductor
After a first movement which is symphonic in scope, Brahms adds a scherzo to the usual three movement concerto form. The beautiful slow movement, featuring a prominent cello solo part, gives way to a graceful, Hungarian-flavoured finale. The variations were written in 1873, well before Brahms’ first symphony. There are eight variations and a contrapuntal finale on a theme which Haydn did use, but which is probably much older. The third symphony was written comparatively quickly in summer 1883. It’s an autumnal work, pervaded by the composer’s musical motto, and, unusually for a symphony at the time, ends quietly.
The Philharmonia Orchestra is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Partnership.
This concert is also available on subscription. Please contact the box office for more details.