Performance Friday, December 5, 2014 | 8 PM

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Haydn’s elegantly lyrical Cello Concerto in C Major casts a fond glance back to the Baroque period. Brahms also looked back to older music by embracing classical forms and revering great composers of the past, including Haydn. His Symphony No. 3 is constructed with the tautness of a Classical-era symphony, but also has a moving autumnal quality. Autumnal sentiments also pervade Strauss’s opera Der Rosenkavalier, a nostalgic tale of love in Vienna in the 18th century. Its opulent scoring, elegant waltzes, and ecstatic love music sing out in an orchestral suite.


  • The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
  • Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello


  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 3
  • HAYDN Cello Concerto in C Major
  • R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier Suite
The Philadelphia Orchestra | Eugene Ormandy, Conductor
Sony BMG Music

At a Glance

Vienna—the legendary “City of Music.” While none of the three composers featured tonight was born there, all lived in Vienna for extended periods and were deeply connected to its traditions.

Robert Schumann discovered Johannes Brahms in 1853, and wrote a glowing article that praised his extraordinary gifts. He held great expectations for the 20-year-old composer, especially with regard to writing symphonies. It took Brahms another 23 years to complete his first, a second soon followed, and tonight he hear the Symphony No. 3, which received its premiere in Vienna.

Much as we may dream of finding long-lost works of past masters, the reality is that most of what scholars stumble upon in archives are minor pieces or variants of those that are better-known. The discovery in the 1960s of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major, a work long thought to be lost, was significant and added a wonderfully buoyant piece to the cello repertory.

Richard Strauss was not related to the legendary Viennese family of dance composers, notably the Waltz King Johann Strauss Jr., but his opera DerRosenkavalier evoked a mythic past for Vienna and features unforgettable waltzes. The concert concludes with a suite of beloved moments from the opera, among them the evocative horn prelude to Act I, the presentation of the silver rose, the marvelous concluding trio, and a variety of alluring waltzes.
This performance is part of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Fabulous Fridays.