An exuberant melee of academic festivities, an auspicious symphonic debut, and a searing orchestral swansong featuring two decidedly ear-opening young soloists.
Conductor Tadaaki Otaka
Violin Veronika Eberle
Cello Andreas Brantelid
Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello
Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor
BBC National Orchestra of Wales crosses the Severn to present an all-Brahms programme, kicking off the evening in raucous fashion with an overture that raises a glass to student drinking songs. Complementing this is a chance to hear Brahms’ rarely performed ‘Double’ concerto for violin and cello undertaken by two fresh yet formidable young soloists, violinist Veronika Eberle and cellist Andreas Brantelid. Finally, the pinnacle of the programme is a symphony which conductor Hans von Bulow hailed as “Beethoven’s 10th”.
This performance will be recorded as part of BBC Radio 3’s Brahms Experience in Bristol.
Inside The Music talk
The Lantern, 6.25pm, free with a concert ticket
Bristol conductor and educator Jonathan James shares his insights into the music of tonight’s programme.