Iván Fischer conducts Brahms — With Nicolas Namoradze

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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Nicolas Namoradze — Pianist

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer — Conductor

Program notes

Get ready for an all-Brahms evening with the Budapest Festival Orchestra featuring prize-winning pianist Nicolas Namoradze and maestro Iván Fischer, who has spent four decades forming the BFO into one of the world's preeminent ensembles! Each half of the program includes a lively and irresistible Hungarian Dance, plus one of Brahms's large-scale masterworks: first, with the excellent Namoradze, the monumental Piano Concerto No. 2, described self-effacingly by the composer as a "very small piano concerto with a very small and pretty scherzo" in a letter to Clara Schumann—an understatement for all time—and last, the Symphony No. 2 in D, an exultant and spirited work that Brahms cheekily called "so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it," performed with remarkable precision and stunning eloquence by Fischer and the BFO.

Photo: Iván Fischer © Budapest Festival Orchestra

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