The Florida Orchestra: Beethoven and Brahms

Guest Conductor Günther Herbig, The Florida Orchestra Conductor Michael Francis, and Guest Pianist Shai Wosner

This week’s Thursday Masterwork with The Florida Orchestra features a performance from 2016 with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and from 2010, the Brahms Symphony No. 2.

The Works

Beethoven’s five piano concerti demonstrate the composer’s immense talent as a pianist. His Fourth Piano Concerto is especially unique, as it helped to influence the development of piano writing.[1] Although this piece struggled to gain popularity, Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto highlights his ability to craft excellently written works.

The Brahms Symphony No. 2 is one of the composers most cheerful works. The piece premiered on December 30, 1877, and was performed by the Vienna Philharmonic. The work’s premiere received a positive reception and helped to establish Brahms as one of the greatest composers of the 19th-century.[2]

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[1] “Concerto No. 4.” Concerto No. 4 | Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra,

[2] “About BRAHMS’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73.” Redlands Symphony,

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