3. Cello Series (1) ‘Brahms’

Sunday 30 May to Wednesday 2 June 2021

2 days

8:00 pm

Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam / Online


©Felix Broede

Brahms’ two Cello Sonatas are the undoubted highlights of the Romantic cello repertoire. The Adagio of the F major Sonata has to be one of the most affecting movements in the entire repertoire. This is Brahms at the height of his powers and he was composing for the best musicians in Europe. The E minor Sonata took him three years to write, which shows in its strangely proportioned three movement structure – a very large, passionate first movement, a dancing minuet-like Scherzo enfolding a delicious Trio glistening with a romantic hesitancy, concluding with a dramatic Bach-like fugal Finale. The Four Serious Songs was the last work he published, completed on his last birthday, a setting of three grim Biblical texts but concluding with St Paul’s words on love. We hear it here with cello replacing the bass.

3. Cello Series (1) ‘Brahms’_Programme Notes

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European Broadcast 8pm Irish Standard Time
North American Broadcast 8pm ET (1am Irish Standard Time)

On Demand will become available after the conclusion of the North American broadcast for 48 hours (31 May 2am – 2 June 2am IST)

All works performed by Leonard Elschenbroich Alexei Grynyuk

Composer Work
Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor Op.38
Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No.2 in F major Op.99
Johannes Brahms Four Serious Songs (arr. for cello)

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