Past Events

Past Event

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven Violin Concerto
Brahms Symphony No. 1

Aziz Shokhakimov conductor
Dmitri Berlinsky violin

Did Brahms love Clara Schumann, the widow of his mentor? He certainly tried to. After a seemingly irreconcilable argument in September 1868, Brahms wrote to Clara from the Swiss Alps, scribbling a tune he’d heard played by a shepherd boy. ‘High on the mountain, deep in the valley, I greet you’, wrote Brahms, and the shepherd’s tune became the radiant horn-call that soars over the strings in the finale of his First Symphony like sunlight breaking through clouds. Clara inhabits the whole work, in a special musical ‘motto’ woven by Brahms and in the anguished love that seeps into every bar – a total contrast to the trouble-free radiance and joy of Beethoven’s only violin concerto.

Sat 29 Nov 2014, 7.30pm
£10, £15, £18, £23, £27.50
Premium Seats £32.50