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symphonic concert

VFCO / HARDING / BELL / ISSERLIS

Brahms, Beethoven
Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis perform Brahms’s Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra and the evening concludes with Beethoven’s First Symphony.
Programme

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Double Concerto in A minor Op. 102

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1 in C major Op. 21 

Premiered in Vienna in 1800 when Beethoven was not even 30 years of age, the First Symphony in C Major marks the beginning of some of the greatest compositions in music history: the Nine Symphonies.
Comprised of four movements, the symphony follows the model of Haydn or Mozart, but the young prodigy approaches the work with innovation: an unexpected beginning, a new place for the wind instruments, an energetic Minuet, and a Finale with a series of false starts. The Adagio is the most astonishing: the timpani is pianissimo, noticed by Berlioz who observed one of the first unprecedented effects that Beethoven would produce with this instrument.