If Liszt's ideals, with Wagner's, were to challenge the new and chuck out the past, then Brahms's were proudly and publicly the opposite. In this concert, two works written at roughly the same time show how polemic the debate had become. Brahms's Symphony No. 1, nicknamed 'Beethoven's Tenth' due to its strong references in the last movement to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, has its origins clearly marked. Liszt's Second Piano Concerto, by contrast, shows a development in compositional styles from its form to its structure. The piece is one continuous movement in six sections, in Liszt's words a 'Concerto Symphonique', which develops diverse themes from a single melody. Beethoven's Leonore Overture serves as an appropriate pivot point.
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Jun 16 2013, 19:30 - Bedford Corn Exchange
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts Elgar's Violin Concerto and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony