Friday 26 May 2017, 7.30pmThe Forum, Bath
Herbert Blomstedt conductor
Martin Helmchen piano
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Thought of by Beethoven as one of his best works, the Seventh Symphony was an immediate success in its 1813 premiere, with the second movement in particular receiving a rapturous welcome among audiences. By contrast, Brahms, feeling the weight of Beethoven’s legacy on his shoulders, resisted writing orchestral music for much of his early career, restricting himself to chamber pieces instead. The Piano Concerto No. 1 became Brahms’s first performed orchestral work in 1859 and, after initial stumbles in its premiere, has firmly established itself in the repertoire.