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    Piano Concerto No. 2 / Symphony No. 3, J. Brahms

    Piano Concerto No. 2 / Symphony No. 3, J. Brahms

    Two much-admired works by the German composer Johannes Brahms feature in a delightful programme for a concert series in Verona, staged at the exquisite Teatro Filarmonico. Opening with Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83, the concert's finale consists of his Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90. Teatro Filarmonico is one of the leading opera and concert houses in Italy located in the heart of the ancient city of Verona on Via Roma.

    Primarily composed in 1881, Brahms' second piano concerto was first performed in Budapest in November of that year. Nevertheless, the great composer had been working on this composition for several years before then. Indeed, it was only finalised some two decades after Brahms had completed his first piano concerto. The opening movement takes a sonata form and is played in the key of B-flat major. However, the second movement has a very different sensibility and is played as a scherzo in D minor. A slower third movement follows in B-flat major once more and features a memorable eight-bar melody that is first heard on the cello. This tune would later feature in one of Brahms' songs, Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer. The final movement has a complex nature and features an impressive crescendo as well as an elegant coda to round things off.

    Brahms' Symphony No. 3 was written in the summer of 1883 and premiered in Vienna on December 2 later that year. The maestro continued to work on his score after the symphony had been performed, however, finally publishing a version he was happy with in May 1884. The opening movement is particularly noteworthy for its 6:4 time signature while the second movement is a sonata in a more conventional 4:4 meter. Instead of the more usual rapid scherzo that audiences would have expected at the time, a more relaxed movement follows in C minor as Brahms drives the orchestra on towards the symphony's memorable final movement, a modified sonata. This section of the symphony begins in F minor before shifting to F major, the same key as the first movement, something which both adds tension and releases it as the music progresses.

    Due to the superb auditorium at the Teatro Filarmonico and the passionate nature of both pieces of music, these concerts offer audience-goers the chance to enjoy some of Brahms' most memorable music in an ideal setting.

    image Teatro Filarmonico Verona / Per gentile concessione Fondazione Arena di Verona / Foto Gilles Alonso