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Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 6(Pastoral)
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Yulianna Avdeeva piano
Between the tumultuous upheavals of his Fifth and Seventh Symphonies, Beethoven’s Sixth feels like a sudden step into daylight – into the softened world of the countryside, its quiet exaltation and its strengthening sense of communion. By contrast, Brahms’s First Piano Concerto was a piece designed to be the most powerful, original and striking orchestral achievement since Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It took Johannes Brahms a long time to get his concerto just right, but when he did, he delivered a piece of staggering emotional breadth and new-found virtuosity – it still thrills and surprises a century and a half later.