CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
Sunday, May 17, 2015 | 3 PM
The MET Orchestra
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1, one of his first major works for orchestra, is among the grandest concertos. Its stormy opening movement and energetic Rondo finale frame a tender Adagio that Brahms said was a “gentle portrait” of Clara Schumann. Like much of Brahms’s music, it adheres to the models of classical form. But Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique is at the other end of the spectrum. Cast in five movements, each one is an episode in a tale of obsession, madness, and murder that culminates in a terrifying finale that depicts a witches’ sabbath.