Performance Saturday, February 28, 2015 | 8 PM

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Brahms inherited the German symphonic crown from Beethoven and wrote four of the most powerful symphonies of the Romantic era. The gentle Symphony No. 2 charms with its warm melodies and welcoming pastoral quality. Architecturally grand, Brahms’s fourth and final symphony concludes with one of the most breathtaking passages in the symphonic literature: an epic passacaglia that builds to a cataclysmic climax.


  • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Daniele Gatti, Conductor


  • Symphony No. 2
  • Symphony No. 4


Brahms's Symphony No. 2 (Allegro con spirito)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra | Pierre Monteux, Conductor

At a Glance

This concert presents two distinctively different Brahms symphonies. The Second is the most mellow and spontaneous of his four, yet is written with his characteristic formal rigor. The orchestration has a crystalline transparency we normally don’t associate with Brahms, and the brassy fourth movement is the composer’s most viscerally exciting finale. The Fourth is Brahms’s last symphony and in many ways his most satisfying, especially in its beautiful variation-form slow movement and its majestic finale, itself an even more complex variation set and a moving conclusion to Brahms’s career as a symphonist.
This concert is made possible, in part, by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.