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Johannes Brahms

January 4, 2011

The Last Applause he Ever Heard

The last applause Johannes Brahms ever heard was for his Symphony No. 4. He was 63 years old and terribly sick, dying of cancer. He wasn't able to get out to hear music very often. But on a Sunday evening in March, 1897, he was feeling a bit better. Brahms went to a concert in Vienna. The Vienna Philharmonic was playing his Fourth Symphony. At the end of the performance, the applause was tumultuous, and Brahms wept openly. He died only a month later. On today's show, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony perform Brahms' Fourth, from a concert at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

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hour 1

  • Arvo Part
    Summa for String Quartet
    The Chilingirian Quartet
  • Paul Dukas
    The Sorcerer's Apprentice
    The London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano, conductor
    Barbican Hall, London, England
  • Arvo Part
    Roman Simovic, violin, the London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano, conductor
    Barbican Hall, London, England
  • Frederic Chopin
    Ballade in F Minor, Op. 52, and Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45
    Yulianna Avdeeva, piano
    Chopin International Piano Competition, Warsaw, Poland

hour 2

  • Johannes Brahms
    Third movement from Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 101
    The Beaux Arts Trio
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Bouree from Cello Suite No. 3 in C, BWV 1009
    Alisa Weilerstein, cello
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Johannes Brahms
    Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98
    The San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
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