Introducing Brahms's Double Concerto

Watch our short introduction to Brahms's Double Concerto for violin and cello

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'There was never any doubt that Vladimir Jurowski had the measure of this key Bruckner work. With his eight double basses ranged at the back of the orchestra behind the brass, Jurowski had clearly thought hard about how he wanted to project the Brucknerian sound, and a similar attentiveness marked his pacing and balancing of the whole sprawling score, to which the LPO responded with terrific commitment.'
Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 27 February 2014

'Jurowski kept the [Bruckner] on a tight though never inflexible rein. The opening Moderato vividly took wing, its initial agitation finding an ideal contrast in the ruminative theme that ensues on lower stings, and with the relatively prolix development building to a powerful climax as surely as the coda sounded not at all distended in its venturing towards a fateful conclusion. Even finer was the Andante, not least as Jurowski judged to perfection its easeful progress – the respectively rapturous and wistful main themes complementing each other unerringly and the beatific coda capped by lissom horn-playing from John Ryan.'
Richard Whitehouse, Classical Source, 27 February 2014

'The orchestral playing was always up to the challenge, indeed it was excellent throughout, and in both the opening movement [of the Brahms] and the finale the LPO provided the requisite heavily wrought and energetic backdrop against which the cello and violin conduct their passionate and intimate conversation.
Jurowski's commitment, conviction and detailed knowledge [of the Bruckner] was apparent, the players responding with an equally committed performance, clarity of articulation and transparency of texture. Especially sure-footed was John Ryan's horn playing in the rhapsodic passage in the first movement development, where he reiterates the opening motive.'
Ken Ward, Bachtrack, 28 February 2014

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Fantasy and Invention

Rhythmic power and rolling inevitability

7:30 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms Double Concerto for violin and cello
Bruckner Symphony No. 2

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Julia Fischer violin
Daniel Müller-Schott cello
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Bruckner’s Second Symphony is where his epic symphonic journey really begins – where we encounter for the first time that rhythmic power, rolling inevitability and humble tunefulness that make his huge orchestral canvases so irresistible. Brahms simply hoped his Double Concerto for violin and cello ‘might deliver some fun’. But it turned out to be one of his most unique and strangely touching works - a piece full of fantasy and invention that has been described as an ‘endless love song’ between two instruments, ‘an opera without words’.

Please note latecomers will not be admitted until the interval.

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