In two concerts at Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and its artistic director Paavo Järvi present all of Brahms's symphonic masterpieces. This exciting Brahms cycle follows their critically-acclaimed 2009 Beethoven cycle and 2011 Schumann cycle. The first concert features the heroic Third.
Brahms’s Third—completed in 1883 and premiered by Hans Richter and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra later than year—quickly became the favorite symphony of many contemporaries. As put by the celebrated Viennese music critic Eduard Hanslick, "the Third strikes me as being artistically the most nearly perfect," and Dvořák marvelled at how "this work surpasses his first two symphonies [...] What beautiful melodies are there to be found! It is full of love and open-heartedness." The shortest of Brahms’s symphonies and sometimes overlooked today, it is arguably the best crafted and most lyrical of the four.
Photo: Paavo Järvi © Chau Cuong Lê
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
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