Haydn, Schumann and Brahms
Alan Gilbert in bright and forward-looking music.
About the video
- From a livestream 19 November 2020.
- The video is approximately two hours.
- Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.
Together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Gilbert depicts Joseph Haydn’s musical scene of a terrifyingly stormy sea in Symphony No. 39, also known as Tempesta di mare – storm at sea. Haydn was 33 years old when he composed this piece, and he was influenced by the ideal of the time captured by the expression Sturm und Drang – Storm and Stress. It was a counterbalance to the Enlightenment notions of rationality, empiricism and reason. Here, we will unite to hear this charged, highly energetic piece of music.
Brahms’ reverence for his predecessor Haydn was so great that he kept a bust of Haydn in his bedroom. To his delight, his Variations on a Theme by Haydn were a great success. However, the theme was not actually by Haydn, it turns out, but was in fact a choral melody. In any case, with the simple theme as a foundation, Brahms created majestic, harmoniously exciting music of orchestral magnificence, filled with variation.
In a fit of inspiration, Robert Schumann began working on his second symphony in early December 1845. In only two weeks, he had a complete draft for piano. But as a result of depression, his poor health and constant tinnitus, the symphony was not completed until the following autumn. Still, his personal challenges made no mark on this music; instead, the symphony is light and forward-looking, a melodic victory over the dark sides of life.
Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 39 in g minor
Johannes Brahms Haydn Variations
Robert Schumann Symphony No. 2
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Alan Gilbert conductor
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Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
With Conductor Laureate Alan Gilbert and piano soloist Martin Helmchen.Thursday 12 October 2023 19.00 Watch for free on Konserthuset Play