Brahms: Symphony No 4
Stephen Johnson explores Brahms's Fourth Symphony, with excerpts and a complete performance given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek.
Stephen Johnson explores Brahms's Fourth Symphony, written in the 2 years following the Third Symphony. It was Brahms's final work in this genre and is remarkable original; Stephen explores some of the characteristics of the work's opening understated lilting melody, and considers the similarites with one of Brahms's Four Serious Songs, written the year before he died. The programme includes illustrative extracts, and a complete performance of the work performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Jirí Belohlávek.