Performance Friday, February 27, 2015 | 8 PM

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
From its intense opening measures to the finale’s noble chorale-like theme, Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 established him as heir to Beethoven’s great symphonic tradition. The Symphony No. 3 is the shortest of the composer’s four symphonies. A tightly constructed and beautifully orchestrated work, its brevity belies its emotional power and melodic beauty. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra enjoys a long and glorious association with the symphonies of Brahms, having premiered his symphonies nos. 2 and 3.


  • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Daniele Gatti, Conductor


  • Symphony No. 3
  • Symphony No. 1


Brahms's Symphony No. 1 (Un Poco Sostenuto - Allegro)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra | Herbert von Karajan, Conductor

At a Glance

The two symphonies on this program represent opposite tendencies in Brahms’s symphonic art. Brahms’s debut symphony took him some 14 years to write and reflects the tension and ambition of its creation. Craggy and exciting, though famous for its serene violin and horn solos, it has a monumental sweep and sprawling energy that caused it to be dubbed “Beethoven’s Tenth” by Hans von Bülow. The Third, a much more tightly constructed piece, opens with the kind of heroic motif that distinguishes much of the First, but for the most part is profoundly gentle and unassertive, especially in its conclusion, which has one of the most serene codas in all of Brahms's output.
This concert is made possible, in part, by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.
This performance is part of International Festival of Orchestras III.