In a first for the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, we present a complete cycle of Brahms’s four symphonies over one weekend. The four symphonies are a pinnacle of Brahms’s career, and of music in the 19th century. They cover a wide range of emotions, from the stern drama of the first through the joy of the second, the nostalgic reflection of the third to the power of the fourth. A rare event, not to be missed!
A Professor of Music from Nottingham University Robert Pascall is actually the musician who spent time in this country and abroad researching the scores for each of the Brahms’ symphonies and produced the music that are being used in the concerts – as close as possible to what Brahms wanted when he wrote the symphonies in the 1880s in Vienna. Robert Pascall’s daughter is leading the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra cello section.
On Saturday March 25th at 7.30pm you can hear Brahms’ Symphonies No 1 and 2. The First Symphony is strong and serious and Brahms shares a home key – C Minor – with Beethoven’s Fifth. Brahms always felt in awe of Beethoven! The Second in D Major shares with Beethoven’s Second the same relaxed warm and sunny mood, full of delightful tunes. Tickets £11 – £15, £5 student.
On Sunday March 26th at 3.0pm come to hear Brahms’ Symphonies No 3 and 4. The Third Symphony is the most personal with a beautiful and haunting third movement. It is also the shortest of Brahms’ symphonies and the first major symphony to end quietly. The Fourth is different again, including both tragedy and good humour and is a worthy conclusion to the cycle. Tickets £8 – £12, £5 conc.
Combined tickets for both concerts – £20 stalls, £14 arena, £8 child/student
Tickets available from The Royal Centre, Nottingham 0115 989 5555 trch.co.uk or on the door. All seating is unreserved.