Tonight's programme finds Brahms at his most radiantly inspired and upbeat. The ebullient Academic Festival Overture raises the curtain on one of the great violin concertos, which soars aloft with ecstatic brilliance. When working on his sublime Second Symphony, Brahms wrote contentedly to a friend: 'The melodies flow so freely that one must be careful not to tread on them.'
More concerts at Royal Festival Hall:
Jun 27 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Yuri Termirkanov conducts Mussorgsky’s great Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with soloist Sayaka Shoji
Jun 30 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Temirkanov conducts Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 where he is joined by pianist Maria João Pires
London Autumn-Spring 2013/14
Find out about the Philharmonia's 2013/14 season of concerts at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall