Written over 20 years after his Piano Concerto No. 1, Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto is worlds away from the bold gestures of its precedent. Instead, it takes a more intimate approach, privileging warmth without compromising more passionate moments. Melodic lyricism is tinged with melancholy in Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony, a two-movement anomaly which is one of the composer’s best-loved works. Inspired by the myth of the amorous libertine, Strauss’s Don Juan begins as a light-hearted romp but gradually disintegrates as the hero falls victim to pessimistic tendencies. However, Strauss’s trademark luxurious orchestration and virtuosic instrumental writing means that this tone poem is a treat on the ears.
Pianist Lars Vogt is renowned for his ability to combine delicacy and lightness with drama and intensity, making him a perfect fit for the wide expressive range of Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto. The London Philharmonic Orchestra are on outstanding form at present: they have gone from strength to strength since their partnership with Nézet-Séguin began in 2008. The conductor is known for his dynamic interpretations which combine excitement with sensitivity. Book now.
|What||New Beginnings: Nézet-Séguin conducts Brahms and Strauss, Royal Festival Hall|
|Where||Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
On 19 Nov 14, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the London Philharmonic Orchestra's website|