RI Philharmonic Presents “All-Brahms” on March 18

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Larry Rachleff welcome another favorite, acclaimed violinist Augustin Hadelich, for a return engagement at The VETS, Avenue of the Arts, Providence. The Orchestra will perform Brahms’ lyrical Symphony No.2 and then be joined by Mr. Hadelich in Brahms’ Violin Concerto. The concert is Saturday, March 18 at 8:00pm with an Open Rehearsal on Friday, March 17 at 5:30pm.

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About Augustin Hadelich
Grammy Award-winner Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the great violinists of his generation. He has performed with every major orchestra in the U.S., and an ever-growing number of major orchestras in the UK, Europe and the Far East, collaborating with such renowned conductors as Roberto Abbado, Thomas Adès, Marin Alsop, Alan Gilbert, Sir Neville Marriner, Jaap van Zweden and others. His chamber music partners have included Jeremy Denk, Alban Gerhardt, Richard Goode, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, Joyce Yang and members of the Guarneri and Juilliard quartets. He is consistently cited for his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity and gorgeous tone. Born in Italy, the son of German parents, Hadelich is an American citizen. He plays the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivari violin.

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At a glance

ALL-BRAHMS
TACO Classical Concert
Saturday, March 18 at 8:00 pm

Larry Rachleff, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

BRAHMS Symphony No.2
RI Philharmonic Orchestra

BRAHMS Violin Concerto
RI Philharmonic Orchestra
Augustin Hadelich, violin 

Open Rehearsal
Friday, March 17 at 5:30 pm

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About the concert: stories behind the music

Symphony No.2 in D major, op.73
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Sure of success:  Creating two works in the same genre simultaneously was not uncommon for composers of the Classic-Romantic era – as Brahms did with his First and Second symphonies – and often the nature of the two contrasted sharply. Writers have characterized Brahms’ First as “tragic” and have given the idyllic Second the “Pastoral” nickname. Brahms knew from the start that the Second was destined for success. Brahms completed the symphony during the summer of 1877 in the bucolic setting of Pörtschach by the Wörthersee.

Viennese waltz?  The Viennese at once took the work to their hearts, perhaps due to the waltz-like first movement. The moderate tempo and gentle grace of the movement suggest, however, more the ballet stage than the ballroom. A delicate balance between the general feeling of lightness and the uncommon heaviness of the brass section results from the unusual use of three trombones and tuba.

Violin Concerto in D major, op.77
Johannes Brahms

Violin vs. orchestra?  Mixed reviews greeted Brahms’ Violin Concerto at its 1879 premiere. Conductor Hans von Bülow stated that the concerto was written “against the violin.” Violin prodigy Bronislav Hubermann later countered with the remark that it is a concerto “for violin against orchestra — and the violin wins.”

Copying Beethoven:  Brahms had modeled much in his concerto on that of his idol, Beethoven. In its day, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto had also been accused of unwarranted difficulties, and early audiences often missed its profound content. As analyst John Horton has put it: “That Brahms should have ventured upon a Violin Concerto in D with the sound of Beethoven’s…in his ears was in itself an act of faith and courage; that he should have produced one…worthy to stand beside it, is one of the triumphs of Brahms’ genius.”

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