Lahav Shani: conductor, Yefim Bronfman: pianist

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Date

23.5.2021

Sunday 20:00

Hall

Auditorium

Venue

Rappaport Hall, Haifa

Venue

Rappaport Hall, Haifa

Hall

Auditorium

Artists

Lahav Shani, conductor 

Yefim Bronfman, pianist 

Concert Program

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 – “Unfinished Symphony”
Brahms: piano concerto no.1

Event Info

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Concerto no. 1 in D minor for piano and orchestra, op. 15

On 27 February 1854, Robert Schumann attempted suicide by jumping from a bridge into the river Rhine. As soon as news of the catastrophe reached him, Johannes Brahms raced to Düsseldorf to assist Robert’s wife Clara, who was pregnant with their seventh child. Within days of Schumann’s breakdown, Brahms had begun composing. At first, he wrote the music he heard as a sonata for two pianos, but soon realized “even two pianos aren’t enough for me,” and began to rework it as a symphony. But Brahms was dissatisfied with his work. Almost exactly one year later, the solution became clear to him. He wrote to Clara, “Imagine what I dreamed of last night. I used my hapless symphony to make a concerto, and was playing it as such…” What finally emerged from the doubt and difficulty was a big piano concerto in D minor, Brahms’s first major orchestral work. In a letter written just after his second performance of the first piano concerto, Brahms wrote to his friend Joseph Joachim: “My concerto has been a brilliant and decisive… failure.” Joachim had conducted the premiere, with Brahms as soloist, on 22 January 1859 in Hanover, where it met with a polite but indifferent reaction from the audience. The third performance, on 24 March 1859 in a concert with the Hamburg Philharmonic, was a great success. The concerto was published in 1861.

 

Price Range

190-580 nis

Duration

approx 70 minutes, no intermission

Duration

approx 70 minutes, no intermission

Price range

190-580 nis

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