LPO: Brahms' Double Concerto and Bruckner

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LPO: Brahms' Double Concerto and Bruckner

You could hardly find contemporaries more different than Bruckner and Brahms – born within nine years of each other, but the bluff, sardonic, agnostic Brahms was a ruthless perfectionist who destroyed more than he published, while the devout and diffident Bruckner was a compulsive tinkerer whose tendency to endlessly revise his work has made him the despair of musicologists. Vladimir Jurowski conducts their works, with guest soloists Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott.

Brahms: Double Concerto for violin and cello
Bruckner: Symphony No 2

Vladimir Jurowski – conductor
Julia Fischer – violin
Daniel Müller-Schott – cello

Bruckner’s Second Symphony is where his epic symphonic journey really begins – where we encounter for the first time that rhythmic power, rolling inevitability and humble tunefulness that make his huge orchestral canvases so irresistible. Brahms simply hoped his Double Concerto for violin and cello ‘might deliver some fun’. But it turned out to be one of his most unique and strangely touching works – a piece full of fantasy and invention that has been described as an ‘endless love song’ between two instruments, ‘an opera without words’.

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