Berlioz, Rachmaninoff and Brahms | London Philharmonic Orchestra
Overlooking Lake Wörthersee in the small Austrian resort of Pörtschach, Johannes Brahms set about creating a symphony that captured all he saw: a clear, light day; the infinite beauty of the sunset; the stillness of night; a peaceful awakening and gratitude for another day - the miracle of life. And yet its musicians were to play, said Brahms, as if 'with a ribbon of mourning around their arm'. Such meeting of glowing melancholy and piercing brightness created what many consider Brahms's finest symphony.
In contrast Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is a rapturous and devious dance, played here by the supremely gifted Kirill Gerstein.
- Overture from Le Corsaire
- Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
- Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
- Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
- Symphony No 2 in D
- Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)