Explore the Symphony

Episode 20: The NAC Orchestra and Brahms’s final symphonies

English Dec 14, 2010 36:40 Download

About the episode

The third of the 2010-11 season's "Explore the Symphony" podcasts examines the 3rd and 4th Symphonies of Johannes Brahms. In this podcast, the NAC Orchestra's assistant principal double bass Marjolaine Fournier and one of Canada's foremost music journalists, Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer, discuss Symphony No. 3, which was written in 1883, polished after each performance, and published the following year. Music critic Eduard Hanslick said “ … the Third [Symphony] strikes me as being artistically the most nearly perfect.” The NAC Orchestra (under conductor Andrew Grams) performed Symphony No. 3 by Brahms in late October of this year. Still to come – on January 26 and 27 – is Brahms’s Symphony No. 4, with Pinchas Zukerman conducting the Orchestra. Brahms composed this deeply emotional symphony – his final symphony -- right after the Third, in 1885. Dramatic and passionate, mournful and joyful, the Fourth Symphony was conducted by Brahms himself at its premiere. It was very well received and has remained popular ever since.