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MSO: Cheetham & Brahms
- Date: Friday, 26 February 2021 to Saturday, 27 February 2021, 8:30pm daily
- Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne — 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank, VIC
- Tickets: Adult: $59 - $119 | Concession: $54 - $114 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9929 9600
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Deborah Cheetham New work
Brahms Symphony No. 2
About the performance
The impact of Beethoven’s life and work is felt in the insurmountable examples and admirers the German master left in his wake.
- Brahms under pressure
The young Johannes Brahms suffered from the great pressure of high expectation placed upon him by the European musical public, thanks to a particularly enthusiastic advocate in Robert Schumann. That and the fact that Brahms himself was his own harshest critic (he burned many more manuscripts than he published) meant he did not feel ready to compose in the symphonic form until he was in his 40s.
- The footsteps of a giant
Brahms imagined hearing “the footsteps of a giant” behind him – that giant being Beethoven – making him question his readiness and ability. He would eventually tackle the symphony, his first being one of epic proportions. Just four months after the First’s hugely successful premiere in 1877 he would deliver his Symphony No. 2, a work displaying the composer’s hopeful, glorious and peaceful best. Brahms had stepped out of the shadow of the giant, and become one himself.
NOTE 'Testament' by Brett Dean has been replaced in these concerts by a work by Deborah Cheetham.
Duration: approx. 60 minutes with no interval
Program and artists subject to change.
Featured non-Australian music: Brahms
Featured Australian Works
|Nanyubak (viola with orchestra) by Deborah Cheetham|
— performed by Jaime Martin and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
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