Martin Handley with the conclusion of an all-Brahms Prom. Emanuel Ax is the soloist in Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor, with Bernard Haitink leading the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
BBC PROMS 2011
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and in tonight's Prom, with the 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.
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor
Emanuel Ax (piano)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 24th August at 2.25pm.
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