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Proms 2011 Prom 49: Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2 & Symphony No. 4

Prom 49: Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2 & Symphony No. 4
19:30 Sat 20 Aug 2011 Royal Albert Hall
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The Chamber Orchestra of Europe's second pairing of Brahms masterworks opens with a work long central to Emanuel Ax's repertoire which he has recorded with tonight's conductor. Brahms's Second Piano Concerto is even bigger in scale than the First and just as technically demanding.

After the interval, the composer's astonishing final symphony, where the balance between expressiveness and iron structural control is most perfectly maintained.

It ends with an imposing set of variations, Brahms's late-Romantic take on the Baroque-style passacaglia, which uses material borrowed from J. S. Bach.

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