Buoyant Brahms’ First from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Iván Fischer

Bach/Brahms: RCO/Fischer

Concertgebouw, 6th April 2016

What is Bach to Brahms? The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra concluded their four-programme exposition on this question with a Magnificat followed by Brahms’ Symphony no. 1 in C minor. Brahms not only championed Bach when it was not a given to do so, but also drew copious inspiration from his works. After labouring in Beethoven’s vast shadow for about fourteen years, he revealed his fully-fledged First Symphony, which was both an overt tribute to Beethoven and Brahms’ coronation as his successor as master of the genre. The work also owes much to Bach, however, in its use of complex counterpoint. Juxtaposing the two masterpieces clarified their common lineage.

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Johannes Brahms

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