Although a traditionalist at heart, Brahms is always full of surprises. A stand-alone set of variations for orchestra seems a perfectly innocent idea, yet it had hardly ever been done before. So too a symphony of swirling emotions in which every movement ends quietly (audiences at the time were taken completely unawares), and a Romantic concerto in which the two soloists have to share the limelight.
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Jan 22 2014, 19:30 - De Montfort Hall
Hélène Grimaud performs Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2
London Autumn-Spring 2013/14
Find out about the Philharmonia's 2013/14 season of concerts at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall