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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Oct 04 2013, 19:30 - The Sheldonian, Oxford
Andris Nelsons conducts an evening of Brahms in Oxford
Oct 10 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms's Symphony No. 1 and is joined by Hélène Grimaud to perform Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1
London Autumn-Spring 2013/14
Find out about the Philharmonia's 2013/14 season of concerts at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall