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Johannes Brahms

June 30, 2011

Passion Expressed, Passion Repressed

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider thinks that passion repressed is more interesting than passion expressed. He hears both in the violin concerto by Johannes Brahms. Znaider says we should look to the young Brahms - handsome, confident, defiant - when we hear the concerto. Znaider channels the passion of Brahms in a performance with the Cleveland Orchestra.

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hour 1

  • Hans Christian Lumbye
    Columbine Polka Mazurka
    The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conductor
  • Louise Farrenc
    Piano Quintet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 30
    Festival Musicians
    Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Thomas Campion
    Never Weather-Beaten Saile More Willing Bent to Shore
    Stile Antico
    International Sacred Music Festival, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Arvo Part
    The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Kristjan Jarvi, conductor
    Copenhagen Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Concerto for Strings in F, RV 141
    The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Katherine Hunka, conductor and violin
    Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

hour 2

  • Joseph Haydn
    Finale from Symphony No. 93 in D, Hob. I:93
    The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, conductor
  • Christoph Willibald von Gluck
    Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from Orpheus and Eurydice
    Emmanuel Pahud and Juliette Hurel, flutes, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor
  • Johannes Brahms
    Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
    Nikolaj Znaider, violin, the Cleveland Orchestra, Pinchas Steinberg, conductor
    Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami
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