With multiple critically-acclaimed symphonic cycles already under their collective belt, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and its artistic director Paavo Järvi follow up their 2009 Beethoven cycle and 2011 Schumann cycle with a Brahms cycle! In two concerts at Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, they present all of Brahms's symphonic masterpieces. The second concert features the charming Second and the fiery Fourth.
Both Brahms’s Second and Fourth Symphonies were written in the bucolic setting of a countryside retreat, yet only one of the two works reflects that pastoral surrounding in its musical character... Premiered in 1877 by the Vienna Philharmonic, the Symphony No. 2 seems to have imbibed the country air, inviting many comparisons to Beethoven’s own "Pastoral" Sixth Symphony. In contrast, the Symphony No. 4 (premiered in 1884) is dark and challenging, and despite the exuberant third movement, the work’s overall character is much more serious. The famous finale—a set of variations in the old Baroque form of a chaconne—gradually increases in intensity until reaching an exciting and fiery finish.
Photo: Paavo Järvi © Julia Baier
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