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David Zinman conductor
Gil Shaham violin
Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Brahms Violin Concerto
Brahms Serenade No. 1
About the performance
A virtuoso violinist tackles Brahms.
Suitable only for the world’s greatest violinists, the fiendishly complicated Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major provides Gil Shaham the perfect platform to display his legendary virtuosity.
Famed 19th century violinist Pablo de Sarasate refused to play it because Brahms included an oboe solo, remarking that he didn’t want to “stand on the rostrum, violin in hand and listen to the oboe play the only tune in the adagio”. American–Israeli violinist Gil Shaham has no such qualms; he has played the piece to great acclaim the world over.
A work of immense beauty, it is greatly indebted to the one man who towered over Brahms, psychologically as much as musically, Beethoven. This concerto references Beethoven’s in complex ways, but refuses to remain under its shade. Shaham’s exquisite playing demonstrates the work’s legitimacy in its own right.
Update to performance
Please note that conductor Cristian Macelaru has been replaced by David Zinman. Further, Dvořák’s Legends has been replaced by Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.1 has been replaced by Brahms’ Serenade No. 1.