‘The reputation the famous F major has acquired makes me want to cancel all my engagements!’ So successful was Brahms’s Third Symphony that the composer feared the weight of expectation in its wake. The shortest of Brahms’s four symphonies, it is reflective and yearning in tone, in contrast to the relative sobriety of the First and the pastoral charm of the Second. Here it is preceded by Beethoven’s concise yet suitably statuesque tone poem Coriolan and followed by the groundbreaking Violin Concerto. This concert marks the Philharmonia London début of charismatic young German conductor David Afkham.
It is a great honour for the Philharmonia Orchestra to give this concert to mark what would have Maestro Kurt Sanderling's 100th birthday
More concerts at Royal Festival Hall
May 22 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Sir Andrew Davis celebrates Wagner's bicentenary, conducting excerpts from Die Meistersinger and Die Walküre
May 30 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka conducts The Rite of Spring in its centenary performance alongside Debussy's Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Varèse's Amériques