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With Jonathan Swain

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and in this concert, conductor Bernard Haitink, focuses on the expressive musical world of Brahms.

The Third Symphony is generally upbeat, but the energy of the final movement floats away to a quiet and elusive end. The First Piano Concerto is bound up with Brahms's intense friendship with Robert Schumann and his wife Clara, and his sense of loss at Schumann's tragic downward spiral into madness. Emanuel Ax is the soloist, a pianist renowned for his sensitive interpretations, and he rejoins the orchestra for more Brahms tomorrow.

Haitink, a distinguished interpreter of Brahms, admires the COE's ability to play together like chamber musicians.

Presented by Martin Handley

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1 hour, 35 minutes

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Wed 24 Aug 2011 14:25