Brahms’s Third Symphony, for some the composer’s greatest, is a magnificent achievement. He made his adoring Viennese public wait six years for it, and what he produced united, for one critic, the “titanism” of the first symphony with the “untroubled pastoral charm” of the second. Perhaps surprisingly, fireworks are not on the agenda here. The work instead is subdued, confessorial and reserved with each movement ending piano or pianissimo. Here it is preceded by Beethoven’s concise yet suitably statuesque ‘tone poem’ Coriolan and followed by the groundbreaking Violin Concerto. This concert brings the charismatic young German conductor David Afkham to Bedford for the first time.
More concerts featuring Beethoven
May 26 2013, 20:00 - Semperoper, Dresden
Salonen take his Lutosławski centenary to Madrid
Jun 02 2013, 15:00 - Royal Festival Hall
The Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus present an unmissable all-Beethoven concert featuring the heroic Emperor Piano Concerto and the monumental Choral Symphony with its celebratory 'Ode to Joy'.