Saturday 25 Jan 2014, 7.45pmThe Anvil, Basingstoke

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Andris Nelsons conductor

Hélène Grimaud piano

Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn (Saint Anthony Variations)

Brahms Symphony No. 3


Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

The beautiful slow movement of Brahms Second Piano Concerto features a prominent cello solo part, before giving way to a graceful, Hungarian-flavoured finale. The variations were written in 1873, well before Brahms’ first symphony. There are eight variations and a contrapuntal finale on a theme which Haydn did use, but which is probably much older. The third symphony was written comparatively quickly in summer 1883. It’s an autumnal work, pervaded by the composer’s musical motto, and, unusually for a symphony at the time, ends quietly.

This concert is part of the Andris Nelsons: Brahms Cycle series