Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor Op.15
Beethoven Symphony No.7 in A Major Op.92
We start 2015 with two giants of the orchestral repertoire. It is well known that Brahms was in awe of Beethoven for much of his early life and yet his Piano Concerto No.1, written in 1859, breaks new ground stylistically, harmonically and rhythmically, so much so that the audience hissed the first performance in Leipzig. Conversely, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was so popular at its first performance that it had to be repeated immediately, and Beethoven himself considered it to be one of his best works.