Catch the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and its artistic director Paavo Järvi’s newest cycle of orchestral masterpieces: Brahms’s complete symphonies! Following their 2009 Beethoven cycle and 2011 Schumann cycle, they present all of Brahms's symphonic masterpieces in two concerts at Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. The second concert features the fiery Fourth.
Like the Second, Brahms’s 1884 Fourth was written in the bucolic setting of a countryside retreat, yet the symphony 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 © Chau Cuong Lê
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