The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and its artistic director Paavo Järvi follow up their 2009 Beethoven cycle and 2011 Schumann cycle with a Brahms cycle at Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées! They present all of Brahms's symphonic masterpieces and play here the groundbreaking First.
It was in 1876 at the late age of 43 that Brahms premiered his Symphony No. 1, a work that took an astonishing two decades to finish. Self-critical and awed by the legacy of Beethoven, Brahms took his time before approaching the symphonic genre in earnest, preparing himself by first composing in other orchestral genres. Once it did premiere, Brahms proved to be his own worst critic (describing the new symphony as “long and not especially amiable”), while the celebrated Austrian music critic Eduard Hanslick acclaimed that “the new symphony of Brahms is something of which the nation may be proud, an inexhaustible fountain of deep pleasure and fruitful study.”
Photo: Paavo Järvi © Chau Cuong Lê
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