Bewitching Brahms

Bewitching Brahms

Bewitching Brahms

Friday, November 11, 2016 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

Brahms Hungarian Dances No. 5 in G minor & No. 7 in A Major
Brahms Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 77
Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Carolyn Kuan conductor
Cho-Liang Lin violin by arrangement with Opus 3 Artists
“It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table.” – Johannes Brahms

The HSO celebrates one of the most captivating masters of musical form with a full program of Johannes Brahms’ music. His Hungarian Dances No. 5 in G minor and No. 7 in A Major are lively, evocative and among his most popular works. The Concerto for Violin in D Major is a favorite of virtuoso violinists – the technical demands are formidable, with lyrical melodies and rich orchestration. And Brahms’ final symphony is a monumental, complex and powerful piece with nods to Beethoven. Sponsored by Cly-Del Manufacturing Co.

Please join us for a pre-concert talk, led by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, one hour prior to curtain each day.

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Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!

Curious about what you will be hearing on the concert program, or want to hear more? Coleman Casey, HSO’s dear friend, Director Emeritus and beloved in-house audiophile, offers the following recommendations for recordings of selections featured on our upcoming Masterworks Concert:

The complete Hungarian Dances of Johannes Brahms are available on a budget recording from Istvan Bogar and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra in exciting idiomatic performances and scintillating sound (NAXOS).

Brahms’s Violin Concerto has been recorded by every great violinist, but a particular favorite is a youthful yet profound performance by Joshua Bell with Christoph von Dohnanyi and the Cleveland Orchestra in fabulous sound (DECCA).

Choosing among the many great performances of Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 is really an impossibility, but Carlos Kleiber’s recording with the Vienna Philharmonic is generally recognized as among the greatest (DG), although the sound is somewhat flat and uni-dimensional. For first-rate sound and a great performance, a dark horse is Andre Previn’s recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (TELARC).


Masterworks #2: Bewitching Brahms November 11-3, 2016

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