Program Brahms with Midori and Elim Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
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25 May 2024

How do you deal with the musical legacy of composers who preceded you? Even talented composers like Johannes Brahms grappled with this problem. Brahms spent fifteen years working on his Symphony No. 1, in hopes of rivalling Beethoven’s masterpiece. The tense opening, the subtle anticipatory silences, and languorous melodies helped seal the reputation of his First as a highlight of the romantic repertoire. Dvoƙák also sought the recognition and approbation of his precursors. With his Violin Concerto, he provided the late- romantic innovation that the genre so direly needed, becoming an audience favourite in the process. Star violinist Midori is the perfect soloist for this poetic, demanding tour de force.