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Prom 53: Brahms Night

Verity Sharp presents a Prom in which Ivan Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Brahms: Symphony No 3 in F; Symphony No 4 in E minor.

Afternoon on 3 with Verity Sharp

The Budapest Festival Orchestra, conducted by Iván Fischer, play Symphonies Nos 3 and 4 by Brahms. Recorded last month at the BBC Proms.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor

Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer (conductor)

The second of two concerts by Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra launches the Proms series of Brahms's symphonies. While the intimate, autumnal Third was inspired by a visit to the Rhine in 1883, the noble stature of the Fourth was dismissed by the composer as 'a few entr'actes and polkas which I happened to have lying about', despite it containing one of the most richly lyrical slow movements Brahms ever wrote.

First broadcast 26th August 2014.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Abendstandchen (Evening Serenade)

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
  • Richard Strauss

    4 Last songs

    Conductor: Kurt Masur. Singer: Jessye Norman. Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Francesca da Rimini

    Conductor: Kurt Masur. Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra.